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Good Will-Hinckley, Maine’s First Home for Boys and Girls, Embraces Rebrand

One of Maine’s oldest charitable organizations is undergoing a significant rebrand—while staying true to its 130-year-old mission.

Good Will-Hinckley (GWH), an organization which provides education and other resources to boys and girls in need, recently introduced a revamped logo, along with a new tagline: “Educating Children. Changing Lives.”

“We feel our new tagline tells more of a story—the story that George Hinckley started back in 1889—one that really emphasizes our commitment to transforming the lives of young people,” says Rob Moody, president of GWH. “Education is a huge part of what we do, but we’re more than a school. We’re a place where young people come to learn how to live the right way, make good choices, be a good neighbor and be their best selves.”

GWH’s new logo features silhouettes of a young boy and girl reading books beneath a leaning green tree, with a profile of a school building in the background.

Trueline, a Portland-based marketing agency and consultancy, has aided in the organization’s rebranding efforts.

Located in Hinckley, Maine, GWH offers dynamic educational resources, therapeutic residential treatment and other services for children and young adults ages 5 to 26.

Programs include the College Step-Up Program, Campus Living Program, the Glenn Stratton Learning Center and the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences, which in 2012 became Maine’s first-ever charter high school.

Last month, GWH held a graduation ceremony for 36 students at Moody Chapel in Hinckley. The event drew more than 200 people, including parents, extended parents and GWH staff.

The graduation were preceded by a Senior Night the evening prior, where—per a longstanding school custom—senior students delivered speeches on how GWH and MeANS have impacted their lives.

To learn more about Good Will-Hinckley, go to 

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Carnegie Council Announces its International Student Essay Contest for 2019: Internet Responsibility

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its 11th annual International Student Essay Contest, open to students of all nationalities anywhere in the world.

ESSAY TOPIC: Is there an ethical responsibility to regulate the Internet? If so, why and to what extent? If not, why not?

Please include in your analysis an explanation (in your own words) of “responsibility” and what it means to “regulate” the Internet. Your essay should consider at least one specific issue or area where “regulation” (as you define it) might be considered. For example, you may choose to address censorship, Internet accessibility, net neutrality, social media, cyber security, or other Internet-related issues. You are not limited to the aforementioned choices when discussing regulation.

Essays must identify the actor(s) that should or should not be responsible for Internet regulation. This can include international organizations, governments, corporations, online communities, and/or individuals. You are not limited to these examples when discussing actors, and you may choose to specify an agency, organization, etc. related to the particular issue you are considering.


  • Style: Persuasive, op-ed style (not academic, not footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Essays can be submitted in .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt format. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

Before submitting your essay, please review plagiarism guidelines on to ensure that your work is original and properly cited. All essays will be screened using plagiarism-detecting software.


All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified.

Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.


Please email your essay as an attachment to

On the first page of the essay and in the body of your email, please include: 

  • Your full name;
  • The name of your school;
  • What level of student you are (high school, undergraduate, graduate).


The essays are judged in three categories: high school students; undergraduate students; and graduate students.


1st place: 0 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd place: 0 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd place: Amazon Gift Certificate

Winning essays will be published on

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DISCOVER NEW BOOK "VISION QUEST, A Journey to Happiness" Be Inspired to Follow Your Dreams

When corporate executive Jane Ramsey found herself facing sudden retirement, she embraced the opportunity to embark on a long-awaited metaphysical journey of discovery and profound reinvention. With one foot grounded in the rational world, and the other in the ether, she was free to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an artist and wisdom-seeker.

Experimenting with new mediums of painting and finding a connection with her deeper self, she yearned to explore the answers to life's big mysteries to better understand why we are here, and what life is all about. As a pupil she sought guidance from spiritual teachers Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston.

Now with the release of her new book VISION QUEST, a journey to happiness, she invites readers inside her spiritual 'vision quest' as she studies, travels, finds optimal health, deeper love and seeks answers to life's mysteries, culminating with the realization that it's an inside job––the answers are always available when we tap into our inner soul.

VISION QUEST: a journey to happiness 
by Jane Ramsey | On Sale: September 3, 2019 - Paperback 
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About the Author

Jane Ramsey spent thirty-six years in corporate life. Her last role was executive vice president of HR for a global retail enterprise. Upon retirement, Jane embarked on a course of study in philosophy, fitness, health, nutrition, quantum physics, happiness and spirituality.

She is now an author, artist and certified meditation teacher with the Deepak Chopra Center. She has been meditating for more than twenty years and helps clients create a strong daily meditation practice to help them feel more grateful, vital, energetic, peaceful, joyful and to develop great abundance and loving relationships in their lives.

Jane is currently developing a program combining meditation and art to help people live a more full-spectrum, creative and balanced life. She resides with her loving husband in Indian Wells, California.

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine

Career Thought Leaders (CTL) to Sponsor International Coach Federation (ICF) Global Conference in Prague

Career Thought Leaders (CTL), a global community of career service providers, announced today it will sponsor the International Coach Federation (ICF) event October 23–26, 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic. Converge, the only official ICF global conference taking place until 2021, brings together coaches from 70 countries to strengthen professional connections and offer cutting-edge learning opportunities. Attendees will gain valuable insight from CTL’s CEO Marie Zimenoff and CTL Board Member Susan Chritton who have been invited to lead a business development workshop.

On Thursday, October 24, Zimenoff and Chritton will deliver their workshop twice, giving coaches ample opportunity to learn how to differentiate themselves. “Working with coaches in CTL’s Certified Personal Branding Strategist program and co-delivering similar sessions at professional conferences, Susan and I have seen first-hand how coaches struggle to tell their stories and articulate their value,” said Zimenoff, CEO of Career Thought Leaders. “Coaches will walk out of this session with skills to assertively communicate their value and write engaging biographies, LinkedIn summaries, and ‘About Me’ website pages.”

“The coaching industry is booming right now, with more individuals and companies becoming aware of the benefits of hiring a coach,” said workshop co-facilitator Susan Chritton. “Coaches are seeking training through ICF and CTL to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. They also need tools to tell compelling stories that attract and connect with their ideal clients. Our presentation will give coaches the building blocks they need to achieve their business goals and do more transformational work with clients.”

As the leading provider of career industry trends, Career Thought Leaders shares best practices for coaching in personal branding, career transition, job search, and other career development topics. As CTL’s visionary since 2015, Zimenoff has led global expansion of the organization to train, inform, and convene coaches from 37 different countries in 2018. Zimenoff knows the specific challenges of growing a coaching business and is inspired to continue CTL’s mission supporting coaches to do the same. “I am excited to continue supporting and sponsoring ICF events. We’re eager to share CTL’s resources to improve coaches’ knowledge of career development, processes for coaching clients, and tools to build their practices.”

About International Coach Federation (ICF): 
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life, Leadership, Relationship and Career Coaching. Its 28,000+ members located in more than 130 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices. For more information about ICF Converge, please visit:

About Career Thought Leaders (CTL): 
The mission of Career Thought Leaders Consortium is to advance and professionalize the career industry by improving career management, leadership development, and career agility of professionals worldwide. CTL brings together experts from every sector and function within the career industry, sharing best practices among those in workforce, college, primary/secondary school, corporate, and private practice to raise the bar for career services internationally. To learn more, visit

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SAFE Credit Union holds Reality Fair for Interns and Students at SAFE Headquarters

SAFE Credit Union held a Richard Myles Johnson Bite of Reality Fair at its headquarters for high school interns, employees’ children, and interns. Dozens of students took the journey from curiosity to “a-ha” moments about financial choices their families face and what they are likely to encounter as adults.

“This program provides important lessons in a topic not included in a lot of school curriculums,” said SAFE Financial Education Specialist Gina Richardson, who oversees production of Bite of Reality fairs around the Greater Sacramento area on behalf of SAFE. “At SAFE, we work hard to improve the financial health of our members, and that extends to their children and our community. This program allows teenagers to learn how to make these decisions in a safe, supportive environment. I always enjoy it when I see them personally discover what goes into making tough financial decisions. A lot of these kids are looking at getting their first jobs soon, and this helps them better understand the value of every dollar they’re going to earn.”

Bite of Reality fairs let students experience realistic financial situations through crafted simulations. Each student starts with a portfolio that details a career, salary, family size, and debt load. They use that foundation as they travel to various booths where they make necessary purchases such as child care, utilities, housing, transportation, and clothing. Participants experience a taste of independent living while temptations for additional spending and a few “surprise” expenditures are thrown in to illustrate the nature of adult financial realities.

The teens say they gain a new perspective on budgeting and spending.

“You have to make sacrifices to be able to get everything you want,” said student Jeweliannia Melendez. “You need to budget out the things you really don’t really need. A really nice car or a really big car aren’t necessities.”

SAFE Credit Union offers Bite of Reality Fairs at high schools throughout the Greater Sacramento region. If your school or organization is interested in hosting a Bite of Reality Fair, contact Gina Richardson at

About SAFE 
SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with billion in assets and more than 235,000 members. SAFE is a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

Posted in: Education

Innovation Tri-Valley and i-GATE Announce New Website To Activate Innovation Ecosystem:

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and i-GATE launched a new website today showcasing the assets of the Tri-Valley innovation hub.

With 450 tech companies, a billion GDP, and more than billion in venture capital and private equity investment in the past ten years, the Tri-Valley area has become one of the fastest growing regions in the Bay Area.

"The Tri-Valley has an incredible density of talent and some of the fastest growing companies in the Bay Area," says Brandon Cardwell, Executive Director of i-GATE. "The launch of TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG gives people the chance to connect with opportunities in the Tri-Valley and join one of the most vibrant and dynamic communities in the Bay Area."

The Tri-Valley is experiencing an economic boom thanks to significant growth in the tech, life science and advanced manufacturing sectors. The region's collaborative culture is proving to be a major asset for startups and later stage companies alike.

TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG also features a new job board in order to showcase the abundance of technology and innovation career opportunities currently available in the region. With so much of the Tri-Valley’s workforce employed in innovation and technology-driven industries, and worker productivity among the highest in the nation, the region has become a hub for job growth and innovation.

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group member Les Schmidt, of BRIIA, the Tri-Valley's AI focused accelerator, suggested ITV activate an automated job board to connect talent with local employment opportunities. "The heart of the region's economic engine is the incredible talent and companies within it. The new system has the potential to turbo-charge that engine, fueling business growth and shortening commutes, " says Schmidt.

"Connecting talent with thriving companies in the Tri-Valley is a top priority. We want more people to find great work close to home so they can ditch their commute," says Lynn Wallace Naylor, CEO of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. "Companies can now reach directly into our innovation ecosystem to access the top talent they need, and they all live right here."

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group and i-GATE are jointly hosting TRIVALLEYCONNECT.ORG to lead and nurture the region's innovation ecosystem. Organizations like Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group, i-GATE, and BRIIA bring together diverse stakeholders to ensure the Tri-Valley is among the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

The assets and unique features of the five cities that make up the Tri-Valley are showcased on the new site including Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Innovators in every business sector will be regularly featured in news on the site. The website launched with an update from the global headquarters of Topcon Positioning Systems in Livermore, CA.

About i-GATE

i-GATE is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the Tri-Valley the best place in the world to start and grow a company. Since 2010, they have made it our mission to build a vibrant and diverse network of entrepreneurs, and to provide them with resources they need to succeed. They operate The Switch and Switch Labs, as well as the NextTech Speaker Series, and Startup Tri-Valley.


BRIIA is an innovation accelerator. We deliver high-value workshops and expertise that accelerate startups and corporate new product initiatives. BRIIA’s Startup Accelerator is a 13- sprint, tailored program that propels AI-powered, B2B software startups from prototype to fundability. Their Corporate Entrepreneurship Accelerator helps corporate teams innovate like entrepreneurs, rapidly propelling new products from ideation to revenue generation.

About Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) connects the businesses, educational institutions, research labs, start-up community and civic leaders in the Tri-Valley. ITV has positioned the region as a technology and innovation powerhouse, outpacing the Bay Area mega-region in both job creation and economic growth. The Tri-Valley punches far beyond its weight as it is home to 370,000 people, 450 technology and innovation companies, and delivers a GDP of billion.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Storm Ventures Group Launches First Virtual Reality Training System for Roofing Contractors

Storm Ventures Group (SVG) CEO Anthony Delmedico recently launched the first virtual reality training platform for the construction and restoration industry. The SVG University (SVG U) Virtual Reality (VR) Goggles provide a 360-degree virtual reality environment and come pre-loaded with the SVG U VR Training App, VR Training Room and several VR industry-specific courses to help contractors recruit, onboard, and train employees. SVG assists and educates roofing and restoration contractors in the 0 billion roofing and storm restoration industry as well as the billion retail roofing and trades industries.

“The SVG U Virtual Training Platform is absolutely amazing. Our team loves it! It’s engaging, exciting, and life-like. We have successfully saved hundreds of hours of training alone, while also providing proven systems for our senior management. We have successfully scaled our company from million to million in one year by using the SVG U Virtual Training Platform,” says Nick Forsell, owner, Atlas Restoration.

SVG U (VR) courses include scouting damaged areas; conducting roof and property inspections; swiftly identifying and monitoring targeted geographic areas after a storm to help property owners recover; how to identify roof damage and determine type of damage; business sales; industry protocols; educating property owners on damage,roofing options, warranties and materials. The SVG U VR Goggles allow construction and restoration company CEOs to save hundreds of hours in training time. Rain or shine, new hires can train indoors in a real-life virtual platform with a laser pointer and a set of goggles. Learn more at or call 330-57-STORM. See the VR Goggles in action at

“One of the biggest challenges in our industry is recruiting and attracting new talent. The SVG U Virtual Reality goggles are great for helping roofing companies reach and attract new hires in the new millennia. We use them during job interviews, onboarding and training new hires, as well as at career fairs and job expos!” says Scott Riopelle, CEO, Interstate Roofing.

According to a study by McKinsey & Company, construction is one of the least digitized sectors in the world, and construction productivity has remained flat for decades. As one of the world economy’s largest sectors employing over 7 percent of the world’s working-age population with trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year, the traditional method of design-bid-build has made construction disjointed and siloed. Every construction site is different, presenting its own unique set of challenges and risks. This has made it difficult for the industry to streamline processes and increase productivity the way manufacturing and retail industries have done successfully.

“It’s no secret. The construction industry utilizes an amazing array of technology to improve job safety, performance, customer service enhancements, property and jobsite monitoring. The things we can do today at the touch of a button are incredible! But, the industry is seriously lagging. Previous underinvestment in technology has been the root cause of low productivity. Innovation is key, and digital technologies are gaining traction. There is not a single business owner today in any industry that can grow their business while trading time for money. Our Virtual Reality training does the work for them, and this is just the beginning!” says Anthony Delmedico, CEO and founder, Storm Ventures Group, SVG University, producer of the annual Win The Storm Conference and Tradeshow Expo, author of the Win The Game book.

According to Connect & Construct, the top five trends in construction technology in 2019 include the internet of things, virtual reality, AI and machine learning, predictive analytics, and autonomous equipment.

“The competitive landscape is ever changing, and our Virtual Reality training has filled a massive void in the market. Companies have two choices: evolve or dissolve. This is one of many tools and systems we’ve launched in our SVG University training platform to help construction companies scale,” says Delmedico.

According to a recent report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), shipments for VR headsets reached .3 million and rose 27 percent year-over-year in Q1 2019.

Delmedico has over 25 years of experience in the construction and restoration industry, previously as a CEO to a 3M company he scaled to 18 states throughout the nation, and now as a consultant, educator, speaker, trainer, author and producer. Delmedico is the author of the Win The Game, a leading book and blueprint for contractors in the construction and restoration industry. Delmedico produced the Win The Storm Conference and Tradeshow Expo, where over 7,500 contractors, suppliers, vendors and leading experts get together to connect, learn, network and grow. Delmedico launched SVG University, a unique training platform for contractors to learn proven strategies to scale their companies.

About Storm Ventures Group 
Storm Ventures Group [SVG] is the premier catastrophic management consulting and joint venture firm. SVG is a global leader in training construction industry professionals how to help property owners recover quickly after catastrophic storm events.The SVG team brings over 25 years of experience in commercial and residential construction, insurance restoration, and best practices in construction management to the rapidly growing insurance restoration industry. SVG products include SVG University (SVG U), a virtual online training platform for general contractors, roofing, construction and restoration professionals. SVG U includes a full course library of hands-on, engaging, industry-specific training videos with courses, chapters, and testing to help contractors scale. The SVG annual Win The Storm Conference & Trade Show Expo attracts, trains and mobilizes construction and restoration companies throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia to successfully manage catastrophic storm events, build sales teams, rebuild communities and streamline operations to scale. For more information call 330-57-STORM or visit us online at To RSVP for the annual Win The Storm Conference & Trade Show Expo, please visit    

About SVG University 
SVG University [SVG U] is the first virtual online training platform for general contractors, roofing, construction and restoration professionals to systemize, scale, and grow their businesses. SVG U includes a full course library of hands-on, engaging, industry-specific training videos. Courses include sales management, sales training, recruiting, hiring, production, estimating, supplementing, roofing systems, detecting storm damage, large loss claims, human resources, and more. The platform is available 24/7 and provides real-time reporting and employee testing. Contractors and their teams can download hundreds of important documents including manufacturer specs, codes, statutes, warranty information, human resource documents, company forms, and more. Learn more at

About SVG U Virtual Reality Goggles 
SVG University (SVG U) launched new industry-specific courses only available in the new SVG U Virtual Reality (VR) goggles. Industry contractors and their teams can train from a fully immersed 360-degree virtual reality experience. Courses include scouting; conducting roofing and property inspections; roof assessments; storm damage and insurance claim process education; build and recovery processes; manufacturer specifications and warranties; business sales. Regardless of weather conditions such as rain or cold, new hires can train 24/7 indoors in a real-life virtual platform with a laser pointer and a set of goggles. SVG U VR Goggles are changing the way contractors recruit, onboard and train. Learn more at or call 330-57-STORM.

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Elev8 Consulting Group 
Ph: 386.243.5388 

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2020 iaedp™ Symposium: Final Call for Proposals Deadline July 31, 2019

The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (iaedp™) has announced the deadline of July 31, 2019 as the Final Call for Proposals for its 2020 annual Symposium slated for March 26-29 in Orlando at The Omni at ChampionsGate.

The iaedp™ Foundation is pursuing abstracts on inventive treatment modalities for the many phases of the eating disorder client’s journey-- from denial and resistance to treatment and ultimately recovery. The theme for its 2020 Symposium is “Vision of Hope"

According to Bonnie Harken, Managing Director at the iaedp™ Foundation, iaedp™ seeks treatment providers from all disciplines to convert ongoing research, brain imaging and treatment updates into meaningful eating disorder treatment protocols.

“At iaedp™, our intention is to provide training to as many professionals as possible in order to build and develop skills and knowledge about eating disorders,” Harken said.

The iaedp™ Foundation asks that professionals include experiential or interactive components in their presentations. Preference is given to unique presentations offered for the first time.

More information about all aspects of the iaedp™ Symposium can be found at

About the iaedp Foundation: 
Established in 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™) is today well recognized for its excellence in providing first-quality education and high-level training standards to an international multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions, who treat the full spectrum of eating disorder problems.

The iaedp™ Symposium is held annually and attended by hundreds of eating disorder treatment professionals to experience the latest research in the field and to network with professionals from around the U.S. and the world. The 2020 Symposium, “Vision of Hope” is slated for March 26-29 at The Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando.

Posted in: Education

Cumberland Academy of Georgia Enhances Its Academic and Campus Experience for Students

While the students are enjoying academic and sports camps on the Cumberland campus, staff at Cumberland is also working on several projects that will improve the campus and curriculum. All projects are in preparation for the beginning of the school year in August. Students can look forward to additions and improvements surrounding academics, athletics, nutrition, social life, school layout and more.

Students at Cumberland won’t be confined to learning inside the building this year. “Thanks to the generosity and support of parents, board members, donors and the community from our 'Peace, Love ‘n Rock & Roll' gala, construction has begun on the new outdoor classroom,” said Cathi Arora, Director of Development and former Cumberland parent. The outdoor classroom provides another tool for teachers to reinforce classroom materials and will assist the counseling staff in their social and emotional growth curriculum.

High school students will have a new classroom constructed and new lockers installed. Administration added new software for more efficiency. Students and teachers will also be able to enjoy newly installed flooring in specific areas of the building. All improvements are designed to enhance the academic experience for students and assist teachers in their goals for students.

A new lunch program will be established at Cumberland, providing wholesome fresh foods that will be prepared daily from scratch. It is important that the students of Cumberland practice healthy eating habits and receive nutritious foods during the day to keep them focused on their daily lessons. Traditionally, lunch is an important time for students to socialize and enjoy their peers and faculty members outside of the classroom. “It is so important students learn healthy eating habits, both in the classroom and in the lunchroom. We feel the new lunch program provides this healthy platform and will provide an easier solution for our families for lunchtime nutrition,” said Debbi Scarborough, headmaster and founder.

Cumberland’s Cyclone athletes will be introduced to new sports opportunities. In addition to basketball, golf, soccer, cross country and bowling, Cumberland will be adding archery and tennis to the roster. Cumberland students began working on their tennis skills the past spring will now be able to compete in a program designed especially for special needs students. These additions to the Cumberland sports program continue to offer students a variety of sports for successful experiences outside the classroom.

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia 
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions, at 404-835-9000, or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.

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American Consumer Credit Helps Consumers Fix Budgeting Errors

Consumers make financial mistakes from time to time, even if they have exceptional personal finance knowledge. It’s important to know how to fix them instantly. To help, national nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), explains some of the common budgeting errors and how consumers can go about fixing them.

“A budget is the cornerstone of responsible financial planning,” said Steve Trumble, President and CEO of American Consumer Credit Counseling. “It can be frustrating finding budgeting errors after you have taken the time to sit down and create a budget. It is important not to get frustrated and learn from these mistakes to prevent errors in the future.”

According to a poll by, 67 percent of consumers have a household budget, three percent less than last year. Most respondents who don’t budget (39 percent) say it’s because they don’t make enough money, followed by 22 percent who say it’s too time-consuming. Meanwhile, 16 percent of respondents say budgeting hadn’t helped when they tried, and 14 percent say they only need a budget for special occasions. Fewer than 10 percent say they don’t have a spending problem or they make enough money, so budgeting isn’t an issue.

Common budgeting errors:

1. Not keeping track of expenses – To make a proper budget, consumers need to be realistic and track how much they typically spend on food, clothes, travel, utilities, etc. Not getting a realistic number can cause serious errors to a consumer’s budget. To fix this problem, consumers should take a month to track their expenses so they can get back on track and set realistic goals.

2. Forgetting yearly expenses – It’s easy to forget about annual or semi-annual expenses, such as doctor appointments. Consumers should be mindful not to forget about these expenses and include them in their budget, so they are not surprised when the bill comes.

3. Is your partner on the same page? – It can be detrimental for consumers who are not on the same page as their partner about their budget and long-term goals. Be sure to talk about money early on in the relationship and try to have the conversation often, so both are up to date. Spouses should take a look at what they are each spending to come up with a realistic budget they are both satisfied with. Sometimes consumers will need to compromise with their partner.

4. Not having an emergency fund – Not setting up an emergency fund can crush a consumer’s budget if an unexpected event happens, such as a medical expense or broken-down car. Consumers can prevent this blow to their budget by setting aside money, even a little every month, to save enough for three to six months’ worth of expenses. Easy-to-use tools and apps such as Stash and Acorns can help create good saving habits with just small amounts of money each week.

5. Not seeking help – Budgeting can be hard, so it is beneficial for consumers to reach out to financial advisors for help. If a consumer is having a hard time tracking their expenses, they should consider using a household budgeting worksheet to keep track of expenses as well as their category so they can have realistic expectations with their budget.

ACCC is a 501(c)3 organization that provides free credit counseling, bankruptcy counseling, and housing counseling to consumers nationwide in need of financial literacy education and money management. For more information, contact ACCC: 

  • For credit counseling, call 800-769-3571
  • For bankruptcy counseling, call 866-826-6924
  • For housing counseling, call 866-826-7180
  • Or visit us online at

About American Consumer Credit Counseling 
American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) is a nonprofit credit counseling 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering consumers to achieve financial management through credit counseling, debt management, bankruptcy counseling, housing counseling, student loan counseling and financial education concerning debt solutions. To help consumers reach their goal of debt relief, ACCC provides a range of free consumer personal finance resources on a variety of topics including budgeting, credit and debt management, student loan assistance, youth and money, homeownership, identity theft, senior living, and retirement. Consumers can use ACCC’s worksheets, videos, calculators, and blog articles to make the best possible decisions regarding their financial future. ACCC holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®). For more information or to access free financial education resources, log on to or visit

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RBMA Issues Call to Action on Surprise Medical Billing

The Radiology Business Management Association is urging its members to contact their elected officials in Congress about new bills to protect patients from unexpected out-of-network medical bills incurred while receiving care at in-network hospitals. RBMA supports the bi-partisan Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act (H.R. 3502), introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-Calif.), and Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), along with 40 other co-sponsors from both parties. H.R. 3502 is similar to legislation successfully implemented in states like New York and has proven to be an effective way to protect patients from unexpected large out-of-network bills while preserving high-quality independent provider groups as a viable part of our healthcare system. It includes provisions for an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process when providers and insurers cannot agree on a patient’s cost of care—an important safeguard that keeps insurers from simply dictating the price of care to provider groups that serve hospitals, like radiology practices.

In contrast, the Senate version of surprise billing legislation— the Lower Health Costs Act (S. 1895)—does not include provisions for an IDR process. Instead, reimbursements to out-of-network providers, like many radiology practices, will be set to the average in-network rate (benchmark rate) using data supplied by insurance companies. RBMA is asking its members to contact their Senators and push for having S. 1895 amended to include an IDR process before it is voted on. Indeed, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has already proposed such an amendment and it only needs adoption. At the same time, RBMA members should also call their House Representatives and urge them to support H.R. 3502.

“RBMA members represent organizations across our country dedicated to serving patients with the high quality advanced medical imaging delivered safely and efficiently,” said Bob Still, Executive Director of RBMA. “We know what works at the state level in protecting patients from large out-of-network hospital bills while maintaining the quality and access to radiological services patients depend on. We believe that if we make our voices heard, legislators will listen to the experience of the radiology business experts among their constituents and include an appropriate IDR process in the final law.”

Unexpected out-of-network hospital billing (often called surprise billing) typically occurs when insurers contract with a particular hospital but not with all the independent physicians and provider practices that serve that hospital. As a result, hospitalized patients may discover that they must pay the difference (balance) between what their insurer pays an in-network provider and what the out-of-network provider typically charges for those services in that hospital.

“Limiting the amount patients at an in-network hospital can be billed for out-of-network services is sensible, but simply allowing insurers to dictate the rate without an IDR process as a safeguard can lead to unexpected negative consequences on patient care,” said RBMA Federal Affairs Committee Chair Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, FRBMA. “When crafting our national legislation, we should adopt what is known to work in the states for protecting patients from high cost surprise medical bills.”

The RBMA Federal Affairs Committee is actively engaged in Congress to advocate for legislation that protects patients from high cost surprise bills, settles disputes quickly and reasonably, and ensures that patients are provided ample in-network choices. RBMA members who would like to get involved are asked to: 

    •     Contact their House representative by clicking here and asking for their support of the Protecting People from Surprise Medical Bills Act.



  •     Contacting their your Senators by clicking here and asking to replace current “benchmark” language with arbitration language as considered in the Sen. Cassidy amendment and/or House companion bill.

About RBMA

Founded in 1968, the Radiology Business Management Association is a national not-for-profit association providing members with applied business information and intelligence applicable in any radiology setting. RBMA represents more than 2,300 radiology practice managers and other radiology business professionals. Its aggregate influence extends to more than 24,000 radiologic technologists and 26,000 administrative staff and physicians. RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management and is recognized for its radiology-specific educational programs, products and services, publications and data. The resources and solutions RBMA offer its members and the broader health care community are helping to shape the profession’s future.

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FabriTec Structures Offers Anatomy Of A Tension Structure Continuing Education Course

FabriTec Structures announced the company has partnered with Architectural Record and BNP Media to certify, host, and distribute the company’s AIA Continuing Education course Anatomy of a Tension Structure. The continuing education course provides architects with 1 LU (learning unit) upon successful completion.

The company’s Anatomy of a Tension Structure course teaches viewers about tensile membrane structures from conceptual design through to final construction. The course covers general fabric structure forms, membrane types, concept development and analysis, material takeoff, design analysis, pricing, design considerations, engineering, steel fabrication, membrane fabrication, installation, and several project case studies. The continuing education course is available through BNP Media’s website at

Licensed architects are required to earn 18 continuing education credits, or Learning Units (LU), each year to fulfill AIA membership requirements. The FabriTec Structures CEU course helps architects work towards earning the credits they need while learning about the tensile membrane structure industry.

About FabriTec Structures

FabriTec Structures is an award-winning lightweight structures contractor specializing in the design and construction of complex cable and custom tensile membrane structures, and building envelopes. FabriTec Structures builds tensile membrane structures that range vastly in scope and service from massive stadiums and amphitheaters to building entryways and covered walkways. We design and develop our fabric structures from an assortment of highly engineered membrane materials, including ETFE foil, PTFE, and PVC fabrics. Our support structures are forged from cold-formed carbon steel and include specially designed cables and fittings – all manufactured in-house.

If you would like further information about this press release or to schedule an interview with Gary Taylor, please contact Gary Taylor at garytaylor(at)guard-all(dot)com or call 1-877-397-1594.

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A Concept Whose Time Has Come: One Bed - One Bill; Healthcare Industry Analysis by Loyale Healthcare

Sometimes, the complicated gap between what patients expect from their healthcare providers and what they actually end up getting can be captured in a single, simple idea. In One Bed – One BillLoyale Healthcare examines patient expectations and the procedural and technical underpinnings that enable the delivery of a seamless, satisfying holistic patient experience. This is a matter of increasing importance as patients and providers both struggle to overcome the challenges presented by patients’ increased personal costs.

Today’s Patient Financial Experience is Archaic

It’s no secret that consumers of healthcare have been frustrated by their medical billing experiences for a long time. In May, 2015, PwC’s Health Research Institute published a report titled “Billing and payment for a New Health Economy”. In it, PwC analysts noted that “the nation’s healthcare billing and payment system is an artifact of an earlier age.” The report added that “Much can be done to improve the system in the short term, but in the long term, structural change is needed to compete in the New Health Economy.”

As with other analyses of the “New Health Economy”, this report focused on the patient experience. Driven by the growing influence of patients on industry economics, the report summed up what most patients would tell you they want from their medical billing experiences. From well before 2015 to today, patients want a billing experience that is convenient, transparent, affordable, reliable and seamless. And as patients wield more and more clout, their desires are becoming demands. Healthcare providers who intend to compete for today’s consumers have no choice but to comply.

Instamed (recently acquired by J P Morgan Chase), one of the healthcare industry’s leading payment networks, issued its ninth annual Trends in Healthcare Payments Annual Report: 2018 this spring. The report recognizes “Healthcare’s Blind Spot: The Consumer Experience”, something Loyale Healthcare wrote about in a 2018 guest article for The Beryl Institute, the country’s leading patient experience advocacy organization.

Instamed’s research found that 70% of consumers are confused by medical bills, 50% would not be able to pay a ,000+ medical bill and 93% were surprised by a medical bill in 2018. For payers (aka insurers), 71% of consumers were confused by their explanations of benefits (EOBs) and 72% want eStatements for premium bills (42% can’t get them). Instamed’s Chief Technology Officer, Chris Seib, is quoted in the report introduction saying, “It is clear that increased consumer responsibility is one of the most significant trends shaping the future of healthcare payments for consumers, providers and payers.”

Operating with a Consumer-Centric Lens

What does a consumer-centric patient financial engagement system look like? To meet the objectives for all stakeholders – providers, payers and patients, it conforms to the following three principles.

1.    It is holistic – A patient should be able to receive one consolidated bill from all providers for an associated clinical treatment episode no matter how complex and how many providers are involved including network, affiliated physician and other service providers.

2.    It is transparent – Providers should be able to holistically tell patients what their treatment will cost and what their out-of-pocket will be. Further, and just as important, it presents patients with bills that make sense and are easy to pay. One example is the Loyale Affordability Workbench™, a patient “digital front door” that makes it easy for patients to see what their care will cost in total and to explore payment options, set up payment plans and view all their bills in one clear presentation for easy online payment.

3.    It responds to patient and provider preferences – Health system technology ecosystems are notoriously complex, so delivering a consumer centric financial experience depends on the system’s ability to seamlessly integrate with all the other systems affecting a patient’s care experience and financial responsibility. This integration must then adapt to variances between various provider settings and convert data that’s valuable for providers and payers while ensuring that patients’ experiences are personalized. Amazon, Apple and Zappos are consumer all-stars because they continually mine consumer data to optimize their customers’ experiences and their own financial performance.

Provider systems that conform to these principles give patients the confidence they need to proceed with care by demonstrating the provider’s high clinical, administrative and financial standards. Providers themselves benefit because of the improved payment behavior resulting from a more satisfying financial experience.

Making One Bed (Patient) - One Bill a Reality

Digital rendition and patient financial engagement with a consolidated bill each depends on the use of open architecture technology that can integrate and interoperate with multiple source systems in all healthcare settings, including: 

Closed ecosystem technology will never be able to achieve “One Patient - One Bill” let alone holistic patient financial engagement. By definition, closed systems reject outside data sources thereby creating holes in the patient’s overall financial experience. For this reason, the rationale behind powerful captive EMR systems is a non-starter when it comes to future success in patient financial engagement.

Another Achilles Heel for closed systems is their inability to support experimentation and the use of advanced management techniques such as champion-challenger as explored by a recent Loyale article. A closed system has no challenger and therefore rarely improves in response to competitive marketplace dynamics.

Bigger Picture Marketplace Dynamics

Many hospital networks use a number of Hospital Based Specialists outsourcing partners such as Envision for emergent services, (ER), anesthesia and other specialty practices. Often, these outsource partners do not have the same payer network affiliations as the contracting Healthcare network or Hospital.

This can lead to an acute financial disconnect with patients who learn their services are out of network. Over the long run, this practice will prove unacceptable as regulatory pressure is brought to bear and negative consumer sentiment accrues for the HCN or Hospital - which was chosen by the patient precisely because the provider was in-network. For the IDN, hospital or outsourcer this leaves four practical options:


  • Merger or Acquisition - Buy the Outsourcer and bring in-network – Highly expensive
  • Outsourcer – Establish in-network status with all Provider client partners – Again, highly expensive and not always feasible
  • Collaboration – Use adaptive platform technology such as Loyale PFM to provide integrated, One Patient - One Bill consumer value-add, with transparency to alert the patient to any out-of-network occurrences
  • Stand Alone Enhancement – Short of one-patient-one-bill, adopt system and policy enhancements to improve patient financial engagement capabilities between separate HCN/Hospital and Outsourcer domains – Suboptimal but this at least moves the needle, especially if executed with an open architecture technology that can then move to an integrated solution when ready

The reality is that once One Patient – One Bill is implemented, few patients in any healthcare market will accept sub-standard offerings. For those who intend to compete, the time to formulate a strategy is now.

One Bed – One Bill is here today and can be implemented using Loyale’s open platform technology. The concept embodies the same principles that companies like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix and others have used to achieve historical success and brand loyalty. Consumers expect it. Now Healthcare must step up to deliver it.

Kevin Fleming is the CEO of Loyale Healthcare

About Loyale

Loyale Patient Financial Manager™ is a comprehensive patient financial engagement technology platform leveraging a suite of configurable solution components including predictive analytics, intelligent workflows, multiple patient financing vehicles, communications, payments, digital front doors and other key capabilities.

Loyale Healthcare is committed to a mission of turning patient responsibility into lasting loyalty for its healthcare provider customers. Based in Lafayette, California, Loyale and its leadership team bring 27 years of expertise delivering leading financial engagement solutions for complex business environments. Loyale recently announced an enterprise-level strategic partnership with Parallon and has completed deployment of its industry leading technology to all HCA hospitals and Physician Practices.

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ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting to Promote Education, Advancement and Discovery

As the healthcare environment evolves, the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting, September 11-13, in Phoenix, will provide strategies to keep pathologists, laboratory professionals and residents on the forefront of the profession, as well as offer laboratory stewardship techniques to improve outcomes and enhance patient care.

Renowned Speakers Covering Crucial Topics 
On September 11, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of the Union for International Cancer Control—one of the world’s most powerful female voices in the global fight against cancer and non-communicable diseases—will present the Grand Opening General Session.

On September 12, Michael Schubert, editor of The Pathologist, will moderate a lively panel debate on test utilization management. Six experts will each present their approach to test utilization and will engage viewers with a question-and-answer session.

ASCP Immediate Past President James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP, will deliver the Cindy S. Johns Lecture, “Solving the Puzzle of Big Data,” on September 12. He will discuss a new data standard being developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center that will facilitate importing the data necessary for patient care into the electronic medical record (EMR) in a user-friendly format. The goal is that once this standard is more widely adopted, it will allow clinicians and researchers to aggregate the information in their EMRs to answer a wide array of questions that cannot be easily answered currently.

Attendees won’t want to miss the featured sessions on laboratory stewardship, which include “The Who, What, Why, How of Testing Algorithms: Making an Impact One Test at a Time”; “Laboratory Stewardship Standards: Using Checklists to Improve Performance and Reimbursement”; “Grassroots Approaches to Grow a Lab Stewardship Program”; and “Utilization Management in Anatomic Pathology.”

Targeted Track for Laboratory Professionals 
New this year, ASCP has developed a targeted track for laboratory professionals in four identified areas: hematology/coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine/blood banking, and clinical chemistry. These are specific sessions that are designed by laboratory professionals for laboratory professionals to help them gain practical, immediately-applicable knowledge.

Rae Rader, MPA, MASCP, PA(ASCP), will headline the Barbara M. Castleberry Lecture for Laboratory Professionals on September 13 with her presentation, “Pathologists’ Assistant: History of a Highly Trained Laboratory Professional and How I Became One.” She’ll examine factors surrounding this developing profession and how the growth and changes in laboratory medicine have influenced this profession.

Challenging Areas in Pathology 
Pathologists will also be able to choose from dozens of sessions featuring education in the fastest growing, most challenging areas in pathology practice. These include artificial intelligence for the pathology laboratory, computational pathology, cellular therapy, digital pathology, genetic/molecular testing for patient care and immuno-oncology.

During the Arthur Purdy Stout Society Lecture for Pathologists on September 13, presenter Esther Oliva, MD, will highlight the new HPV system of classification of endocervical adenocarcinomas, the new classification on patterns of invasion in endocervical adenocarcinoma and changes in the latest International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics staging systems of cervical carcinoma.

Preparation for Board Exams 
The ASCP Annual Meeting presents an opportunity for pathology residents to learn from renowned educators as they navigate the challenging issues they’ll face in their future practice. They will gain insights on the field through hundreds of hours of education in dozens of topic areas, and will also be able to prepare for their board exam with the Resident Review Series. The series is a group of five, 1.5 hour sessions covering challenging, high-interest topic areas to prepare residents for exam day.

Residents can also do a deep dive by attending the Michele D. Raible Lecture for Residents on September 12, where ASCP Chief Medical Officer Dan A. Milner, Jr., MD, MSc(Epi), FASCP, will present “Cerebral Malaria: An Allegory of Disease, Statistics”, and “Buying the 9s.” Dr. Milner will discuss cerebral malaria, a disease he has studied for over 20 years, as a model to illustrate the challenges of global health and the costs of health care and public health globally.

ASCP 2019 has education that will suit the individual needs of members of the pathology and laboratory medicine profession, whether they are pathologists, laboratory professionals or residents.

Learn more about the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting here.

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The Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC (“EMC”) announced today that it has already produced five free “Virtual Seminars” for the retail energy industry.


EMC now offers five Webinars or “Virtual Seminars” on its website for viewing and is planning many more. The five include:

1.      “HOW TO CONTAIN THE EPIDEMIC OF CHURN IN RETAIL ENERGY” – Run by Jack Doueck, CEO of LED PLUS USA.  This webinar shows retail energy providers how to reduce churn and increase customer retention simply and cost-effectively.


2.      “RETAIL ENERGY REGULATORY TRENDS – WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S COMING SOON, and WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ABOUT IT” – run by Frank Caliva of P.R. Quinlan.  This webinar shows which states are most welcoming to progress in deregulation and which to avoid.



3.      “BOOST YOUR CUSTOMER LIFETIME VALUE USING MACHINE LEARNING” – run by Dr. Madalasa Venkatraman of TEG Analytics.  This webinar educates the audience on how to use AI and machine learning to increase CLTV.


4.      “THE LATEST AND GREATEST IN RETAIL ENERGY M&A” – run by Jack Doueck and Larry Leikin of Energy Marketing Conferences. This fantastic panel discussion is among Justin Courtney of Stephens investment bank, Nathan Kroeker, CEO of Spark Energy, Harold Marx of NRG, David Mirza of Medtractions, and Phillip Wills of Pulse Power.



5.      “EFFECTIVE CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR SUCCESSFUL CUSTOMER RETENTION” – run by Jack Doueck and Larry Leikin of Energy Marketing Conferences.  This panel discussion features Kevin McMinn of Crius, Alan Schwab of Genie Retail Energy, Bill Kinneary of Powervine Energy, Ty Benefiel of MeterGenius, Dan Seaman of Optimus and Bruce Shields of Data Communications Management.

EMC is planning many more Virtual Seminars for the coming weeks and months.  The next one is August 20th entitled: “A Software Strategy for Managing Disruptive Change.”  EMC advertises its webinars online through its social media network, at its conferences, as well as on its website and to its email list of approximately 15,000 retail energy professionals. 



The Virtual Seminars are available on EMC’s website as a free and valuable educational tool for the industry.  


“Our mission in Energy Marketing Conferences is twofold: education and networking. Our two semi-annual conferences offer the absolute best opportunities for networking in the retail energy industry.  The conferences are packed with more than 50 speakers, 10 executive workshops and 6 interactive panels – all learning opportunities,” said Jack Doueck, Co-Founder of the Energy Marketing Conferences. “We will now reach out online to a much larger audience and provide people who aspire to have careers in retail energy with valuable information to help them innovate and succeed.”


Who should attend: CEO’s, COO’s, CMO’s and CFO’s of retail energy suppliers should tune into these virtual seminars.   “We ran an EMC Virtual Seminar in June of 2019 and it generated great traction. Jack and Larry did everything they promised. We received great exposure through national press releases, social media, the EMC website and email blasts to the whole retail industry,” said Nishant Jairath, of TEG Analytics. “Thank you to EMC for hosting this great educational series for Retail Energy!”


“EMC crafted this series of Webinars to appeal to all levels of retail energy companies including: CEO’s, CMO’s, COO’s, CFO’s as well as managers of divisions, retention managers, sales managers, channel partner managers, customer service personnel and IT professionals,” said Larry Leikin, Co-Founder of EMC. “This program is the first of its kind in the industry and we are excited that it is already off to a great start.”


The next Energy Marketing Conference will take place at the Midtown Hilton Hotel in New York City on September 12th 2019.  CLICK HERE to register for the largest retail energy event ever.


ABOUT Energy Marketing Conferences:

The mission of Energy Marketing Conferences LLC is to provide the competitive energy industry with exciting conferences in premium locations at extremely affordable prices. The goal of the conferences is to bring together hundreds of energy companies, utilities, marketers, vendors and suppliers in the competitive energy industry to network and learn more about our industry. EMC is the largest gathering of retail energy executives in North America and it takes place twice a year: Houston Texas in the Spring and New York City in the Fall.  The EMC Monthly e-Newsletter goes out to more than 15,000 retail energy executives each month with important articles written by industry professionals. The EMC Virtual Seminars are the newest program of EMC, designed to help educate the industry on a host of topics – free of charge.   



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AAOMS Magazine Editor Receives Distinguished Dental Editor Award

Daniel M. Laskin, DDS, MS – the longest-serving editor of a dental association newsletter – has received the 2018 Distinguished Dental Editor Award from the American Dental Association Council on Communications and the American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists (AADEJ).

Laskin of Richmond, Va., has been editor of AAOMS Today – a bimonthly publication of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – and its predecessor publications since 1966. AAOMS represents more than 9,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and AAOMS Today provides those members with specialty and association news as well as information on opportunities for education, research and advocacy.

The Distinguished Dental Editor Award honors editors who bring acclaim to their association, dentistry and dental journalism through exceptional editorial direction and the creation of first-rate publications. Laskin received the award at the 2018 AADEJ Annual Conference in Hawaii.

As the AAOMS newsletter’s first editor, Laskin wrote all the content and laid out pages. Since then, the publication has become increasingly larger with additional staff and expansive content. However, he still edits every article for content, message and grammar. He guided the 2018 redesign of the publication that featured more photos, expanded event coverage and additional in-depth features, including articles on AAOMS members who treated the Las Vegas shooting victims and an OMS who performed a complex, “miracle” jaw surgery on a young woman. Laskin’s numerous editorials over the years have dealt with healthcare issues, education and training as well as professional responsibility and ethics.

During Laskin’s tenure as editor, AAOMS Today has won journalism awards from the International College of Dentists for outstanding newsletter in 2011 and 2018 and most improved publication in 2014. The magazine also was honored with two Platinum Awards for overall magazine and writing in the 2019 Hermes Creative Awards; named most improved magazine by the 2018 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence; and presented four 2018 MARCOM Awards for feature article (platinum) as well as association magazine, overall writing and overall design (golds).

Laskin served as president of AAOMS from 1976-77 and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons from 1983-86 as well as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (JOMS) – AAOMS’s monthly journal that covers new techniques and innovations in the specialty – from 1972-2002. Annual accolades named after Laskin include an award for the best article in JOMS and AAOMS’s outstanding predoctoral educator award.

Currently, Laskin is adjunct clinical professor and chair emeritus in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry after serving as chair of the department from 1984-2002. He also served as head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry from 1973-83 and established the college’s Temporomandibular Joint and Facial Pain Research Center. UIC annually hosts the Daniel M. Laskin Lectureship in his honor.

The experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery® — The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is the professional organization representing more than 11,000 oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OMS residents and OMS professional staff in the United States. AAOMS supports its fellows’ and members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research and advocacy. AAOMS fellows and members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and submit to periodic office anesthesia evaluations. For additional information about oral and maxillofacial surgery, visit the AAOMS websites at and

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Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Announces First Collaborative Research Grant Recipient

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is proud to announce Linda Maldonado, PhD, MN, BSN, as the 2019 recipient of the Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Collaborative Research Grant. Maldonado is an Assistant Professor at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.

This new collaborative research grant, made possible by the Sigma Foundation for Nursing and NAHN, provides funding for qualified nurses who contribute to the advancement of Latino health through nursing research. Maldonado’s project, Use of Narrative Analysis to Understand the Stories of Resilience in Urban, Childbearing Puerto Rican Women, addresses the knowledge gap regarding Puerto Rican women who provide intergenerational care and reside in low-income areas. These women can give an increased understanding of their life experiences, specifically concerning the role of resiliency of those in this Latina subgroup.

“This research is critical to more fully understanding resilience within the context of intergenerational caregiving experiences of urban, childbearing Puerto Rican women,” said Maldonado. “This study is an essential first step in guiding the development of timely and appropriate interventions to improve maternal-infant outcomes in the urban, child-bearing Puerto Rican community.”

Of all the Latina subgroups, Puerto Rican women have higher infant mortality rates when compared to Cuban or Mexican Americans and are twice as likely to not receive proper prenatal care when compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

“I offer my sincerest congratulations to Dr. Maldonado as the inaugural recipient of our newest collaborative grant opportunity,” said Sigma President Beth Baldwin Tigges, PhD, RN, PNP, BC. “As one of our tenets, Sigma is dedicated to the advancement of global health, and providing innovative funding opportunities is one way we accomplish this advancement.”

“The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is proud to partner with Sigma to celebrate the advancement of Latino health,” said NAHN President Norma Cuellar, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We congratulate and thank Dr. Maldonado for her significant contribution to this knowledge area through her research and look forward to honoring her at our 44th annual conference in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada.”

The 2020 Sigma/NAHN Collaborative Research Grant will open for applications in January 2020. Visit for more information or to apply for current research grant opportunities.

About Sigma 
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 540 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Learn more at

About the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) 
National Association of Hispanic Nurses® (NAHN) is a nonprofit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers. To learn more about NAHN and the annual conference visit

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Student Blazes Trail for Gender Diversity in Computer Science; Earns Women’s Scholarship from Montclair Web Development Agency

Lform Design ( — a web design and development company headquartered in Montclair, NJ—is thrilled to announce the recipient of its second annual ,500 STEM scholarship for women studying computer science and computer engineering. Faiza Jabeen, 19, of Booton, NJ, was awarded the women’s scholarship and paid summer internship for her academic excellence and passion for computer science.

“(I am) a female from a culture where females are preferred to stay home instead of working, and if they do, their parents make sure it is a safe place for her to work there,” Jabeen said.

Jabeen was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to the United States in 2013. According to Jabeen, Pakistani families who allow women to work know what females are capable of doing and what is best for them. They prefer the women to study biology and believe that being a nurse and doctor is safer, as they will always be surrounded by good people.

“My family was supportive. (WE) females are really precious for our families and they want to see us happy and successful,” Jabeen said. “I really wanted to study computer science because it has many different (career paths).”

Jabeen decided to follow in her older brother's footsteps, and pursue a degree in computer science. Jabeen recalls, as a high school student, looking at his tests and homework and thinking, “I get this. I can do this.” Throughout high school and as a freshman at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ, she has excelled in this field of study.

During her high school classes, she began to recognize how male dominated the field was. In her first computer science course, there were five women. In the second, there were three, and in the third, there were two—until one woman dropped out and only she remained. Jabeen said she sat quietly in the corner, but held one of the highest grade averages in the class.

“People nowadays think that the computer field is only for men, but this is not something I believe,” Jabeen said. “No field out there is for men only. I believe women can do anything if we work hard enough, and I am willing to do whatever I can to reach (my goals).”

According to the nonprofit, Girls Who Code, only 24 percent of computer scientists are female, and that number is in jeopardy of shrinking. To help close the gender gap in technology, Lform Design launched this annual scholarship and internship program for young women pursuing a career in computer science or computer engineering. 
“As a New Jersey web development company, we see first-hand how our industry is a male-dominated field: We only have two women in our office and neither of them are part of our development team,” said Lform Design Owner and Creative Director, Ian Loew. “Because we want both men and women to thrive in this line of work equally, we created the scholarship to encourage more women coders and computer scientists to join the computing workforce. Faiza is an exemplary student of computer science and the true future of this industry. We are honored to award her this scholarship.”

Lform Design will begin accepting applicants for its 2020 women’s specific STEM scholarship starting Jan. 1, 2020. Eligibility includes a commitment to pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science or computer engineering; the student must also be enrolling in or currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university or two-year college on track to transfer to a four-year school. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020. The scholarship recipient will be announced May 15, 2020.

For more details about the scholarship, eligibility, and how to apply, please visit:

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APX Data and Fanshawe College Team Up to Lead Fire Prevention Practice of Tomorrow in Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education Program

APX Data (, the leading provider of digital data management software used by fire prevention for fire inspections and preplanning, announced today that Fanshawe College’s School of Public Safety will use their software to teach future fire prevention officers starting September 2019. The APX Data CityScape Suite is a digital, mobile and field-based records-management software suite that will provide Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education students hands-on experience with the most advanced records management techniques to help protect cities and save lives from fires before they start.

The Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program is a three-year advanced diploma program that prepares graduates to enter the fire service in the field of fire prevention. The core vocational curriculum is aligned with several professional credentials offered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Fire Inspector I and II, Fire and Life Safety Educator I and II, and Public Information Officer. Students will also graduate with the communication skills and interpersonal skills they need to function as leaders in the fire service and in the community.

According to the National Fire Inspection Database and Statistics from the Government of Canada, in the 10-year period between 2005 and 2014, there were 439,256 fire incidents, 1,733 fire-related deaths, and 12,503 persons injured in Canada alone. Additionally, Fire Prevention Canada reports that on average, fire kills eight people each week in Canada.

Access to digital information - such as inspections, building layouts or hazardous materials data - available in seconds while on route allows firefighters to leverage smart mobile technology during emergencies to save lives. Currently, the prevailing method involves pen and paper, which takes thousands of specialized person-hours in order to document and keep up-to-date.

“We’ve been called the 21st-century solution for modern firefighters by our very own customers,” said Paul Martin, Founder and CEO of APX Data. “Partnering with the advanced program from Fanshawe truly represents transformational training for the next generation of firefighters. This provides them with the most relevant and up-to-date skills and technology to help them save lives.”

“Using APX’s cutting-edge software in the classroom will ensure our students are fully-trained in electronic recording keeping when they graduate and begin careers as fire inspection prevention officers,” said Frank Donati, coordinator of Fanshawe’s Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Education program. “This software is used in the field today and we thank APX for their support.”

For more information about APX Data, please go to For more information about Fanshawe College, go to

About APX Data
Working hand-in-hand with first responders and academia for Government Technology Smart Cities initiatives, APX Data ( developed a suite of intuitive, mobile-based solutions that help first responders reduce risk and save lives by providing real-time access to accurate data at times of emergency.

The APX CityScape solution is being used by hundreds of fire department users across North America. The solution is backed by powerful, easy-to-use software and world-class customer support which have helped APX Data achieve a customer satisfaction score of 98 percent.

About Fanshawe College
Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, serving students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For more than 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College has 197,000 alumni, attracts students from 90 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

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Screencast-O-Matic Becomes Google for Education Premier Partner

Screencast-O-Matic announced today that it has become a Google for Education Premier Partner. Google selected the video platform for its intuitive video creation and sharing tools, making it easy for educators to enhance learning in the classroom.

Screencast-O-Matic is a trusted leader in video creation tools and serves millions of people around the world. With its leading screen recorder, video editor and video sharing services for education, Screencast-O-Matic is used in scenarios such as flipped learning. With the partnership, Screencast-O-Matic offers educators and students video solutions with easy integration to Google for Education products. Screencast-O-Matic integrations with Google for Education include:

Quick Share to Google Classroom - The learning environment is perfect for sharing video created with Screencast-O-Matic’s intuitive screen recorder and video editor. Educators and students can directly share videos with a simple click of the “Google Classroom Share Button.”

Video Sharing in Google Apps - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration within Google Apps allows educators to easily embed their videos in Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. These creative options can meet the needs of virtually any classroom.

Google Drive for Easy Access and Management - With a click of a button, educators and students can easily upload their screen recordings and videos directly to Google Drive, including saving media in Google Classroom folders.

Gmail To Enhance Video Communication - Screencast-O-Matic’s integration into Gmail is a powerful time-saving feature that enables quick video communication and collaboration. Videos can easily be added directly while composing in Gmail.

Use a single Google Account - Use Google Account in Screencast-O-Matic, adding the convenience of single-sign-on across services.

Screencast-O-Matic provides multi-device video creation tools, including a dedicated Chromebook app, which can be conveniently launched across devices from a Google Chrome Browser extension. Google for Education expands learning by supporting teachers, researchers, and organizations with robust, flexible technology. Screencast-O-Matic is proud to be a part of this collaborative partnership.

About Screencast-O-Matic
Screencast-O-Matic is a screen capture and video editing platform that takes visual collaboration to the next level. Screencast-O-Matic is a privately held company headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Visit here for more information.

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United Way of Frederick County and FCPS Stuff the Bus School Supplies Seeks New Businesses to Host Collection Drive

United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) and Frederick County Public School’s (FCPS) 11th annual Stuff the Bus school supplies drive kicks off on July 8th. We will be sending fifteen buses throughout Frederick on August 14th to collect Stuff the Bus bins filled with school supplies for students in need.

We are currently seeking businesses/organizations to host a school supplies collection drive at their sites. Interested businesses can sign up to collect supplies at

Beginning the week of June 24, we will start to “paint the town yellow” by parking yellow school buses in various strategic locations throughout the community to promote and create awareness about the program. On August 14, the fifteen school buses will make their way around the community to pick up the collected items.

Ensuring that all students have the supplies they need to do their homework, take tests, and complete science and art projects is a simple but important way we can help them get their education and succeed in school. Over 10,000 FCPS students are in need of school supplies and financial assistance, based on free and reduced meals numbers for the total FCPS total student population.

In 2018, over 7,500 FCPS Maryland students benefited from the drive, more than 130 collection sites were set up, and 85,000+ items were collected in twelve school buses.

For more information about Stuff the Bus, visit or contact Joyce Kwamena-Poh at jkwamenapoh(at)uwfrederick(dot)org.

About United Way of Frederick County 
Since 1938, United Way of Frederick County has been fighting for health, education and financial stability for every person in the Frederick County community. United Way produces the ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) Report which shows that approximately nearly 40% of households can no longer afford to live in Frederick County. Our investments and programs are aligned to support and increase the financial stability of these households.

United Way of Frederick County partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, health providers, senior citizens, students, and others. The organization provides grants to local nonprofits, offers programs such as free tax preparation and matched savings, mobilizes volunteers, and engages in public policy advocacy. To learn more about United Way and how you can get involved, please visit

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Viscira® Selected as a Winner in the 40th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards have named Viscira as a Silver winner (the highest award possible) in the 40th Annual Telly Awards for the “Overreact2Stroke” videos produced by Viscira. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed, and A&E Networks.

Viscira partnered closely with Genentech to create three stroke symptomology videos for Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website. The objective of the disease education videos was to educate caregivers about the 10 common stroke symptoms and to encourage caregivers to act quickly and decisively or even to overreact when they pick up on any signs or symptoms of a potential stroke. The videos reside on Genentech’s Stroke Awareness website and were also deployed on Genentech’s YouTube channel and distributed in the field by Genentech sales reps.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video, and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

This year also saw the continued expansion of new categories to further the awards’ recent initiative to rebuild the honors for the multiscreen era. New categories included serialized Branded Content and expanded Social Video categories.

“Viscira is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”

Viscira's Executive Creative Director, Hagop Kaneboughazian, was excited to hear that Viscira had won another industry award. “This is a great acknowledgment and nice recognition for our team given their hard work and innovation in the video production area. We are really happy with how the videos turned out and glad it has been a very effective educational tool for our Genentech client,” Kaneboughazian said.

About Viscira 
Viscira is dedicated to the design and development of digital marketing solutions and interactive software applications for the life sciences industry. Viscira provides a suite of programs that integrate best-in-class technology to deliver engaging and memorable content via various electronic channels. Viscira is part of WPP, the largest agency holding company in the world. For more information, please visit the company’s website at or contact No?l Ashekian at (617) 429-0834.

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Eastman Foundation and STREAMWORKS Bring International Marine Robotics Competition to Tennessee

Ensuring public safety, maintaining healthy waterways and preserving historical artifacts are all on task for students participating in the 18th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition hosted for the first time in Kingsport. Presented by the Eastman Foundation in partnership with STREAMWORKS and Visit Kingsport, the underwater robotics competition is set for June 20-22, at the Kingsport Aquatic Center and MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

Why East Tennessee and why Eastman?

Typically held in coastal cities, the MATE ROV Competition has historically focused on robotics in an ocean environment. To bring the competition to East Tennessee presented a unique opportunity to demonstrate how underwater robots can be and are being used in inland waterways and freshwater environments such as Boone Lake, Boone Dam and the South Fork Holston River. The region’s state-of-the-art Kingsport Aquatic Center is an ideal venue for competitors to put their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to the test.

Couple this idea with Eastman’s commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education, and the decision to bring the competition to Kingsport was an easy choice.

“The location for the international championship and our partnership with Eastman and the Eastman Foundation is allowing us to expose students to new and different ways that underwater robots can be used to benefit society,” said Jill Zande, president of MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) and associate director and competition director for MATE Center.

Eastman’s STEAM education efforts hinge on strategic partnerships and initiatives to help ensure a successful workforce in the future. The company fosters opportunities that encourage innovative and productive thinking in real-world environments. Eastman’s partnerships with organizations such as MATE, STREAMWORKS and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have accelerated ocean science education in this region.

“I’m often asked why Eastman and the Eastman Foundation invest in advancing ocean science, and the answer is simple – the ocean matters everywhere,” said David A. Golden, Eastman’s senior vice president, chief legal & sustainability officer, and president of the Eastman Foundation. “There’s no better opportunity to ensure the future of ocean science than to inspire today’s students through real-world educational experiences like the MATE competitions.”

What does a MATE ROV competition look like?

The international competition will bring 1,300 of the brightest minds from around the world to East Tennessee, from Kingsport to Hong Kong. Over the last year, more than 740 teams competed in regional competitions across the globe, and 70 of those teams advanced to compete in the international competition.

The MATE ROV Competition requires students to apply math, electronics, engineering and physics skills from the classroom toward solving problems based on real-world workplace scenarios. The competition challenges students from K-12, community colleges and universities within four levels (EXPLORER, RANGER, NAVIGATOR, and SCOUT) to design, build and test underwater robots to complete specified, simulated real-world missions. They also must organize themselves into mock companies, an exercise that encourages them to develop entrepreneurial thinking and business and project management skills, while spurring innovation and collaboration to produce and compete with their ROVs.

This year’s simulated mission stems from Eastman’s commitment to do “Good for Good.” Teams must ensure public safety and healthy waterways by inspecting and repairing a hydroelectric dam; monitoring water quality, determining habitat diversity and restoring fish habitats; and recovering a Civil War era cannon while marking the location of unexploded cannon shells.

“From working to ensure that our infrastructure is safe to monitoring water quality for the health of aquatic species and making certain that pieces of our nation’s history live on, these students and their inventions are doing Good for Good,” said Zande.

“On behalf of Eastman and the Eastman Foundation, I appreciate Jill, the entire MATE organization, STREAMWORKS and Visit Kingsport for their partnership and passion to advance STEAM education, locally and globally,” said Golden. “This is an incredible opportunity to welcome the world to our region, and I could not be prouder of the work that has gone into planning a world-class event. We look forward to an exciting competition!”

To learn more, visit

About Eastman 
Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA.

The Eastman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors, separate and apart from Eastman. The Foundation invests in initiatives that serve and strengthen communities around the world with the goal of improving the quality of life for all people. The Foundation focuses its resources on partnership initiatives in the areas of education, environment, empowerment, and economic development.

Established with funding from the National Science Foundation at Monterey Peninsula College in 1997, the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center worked with the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee to create the MATE ROV Competition. The first event kicked off in 2001. Seventeen years later, MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) incorporated in the state of California as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2018. MATE II was founded to support and sustain ongoing education activities initiated at the MATE Center.

Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, STREAMWORKS is a new educational program that delivers enhanced opportunities for students (grades K–12) to participate in exciting mentor and project-based programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life capabilities.

About the MATE International ROV Competition 
Established with funding from the National Science Foundation at Monterey Peninsula College in 1997, the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center worked with the Marine Technology Society’s ROV Committee to create the MATE ROV Competition. The first event kicked off in 2001. Seventeen years later, MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II) incorporated in the state of California as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2018. MATE II was founded to support and sustain ongoing education activities initiated at the MATE Center. To learn more, visit

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DATAVERSITY Announces Agenda for New Data Governance Conference

DATAVERSITY Education, LLC announced the agenda and officially opened registration for DG Vision, its newest data governance conference that will be held December 9-12, 2019, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For a complete list of speakers, sessions, and registration packages, visit

The four-day event will feature a variety of sessions, tutorials, full-day seminars, and five-minute lightning talks focused on data governance and data stewardship, covering everything from data quality and metadata management to data sharing, privacy, and new regulations.

“DG Vision is the first of DATAVERSITY’s data governance conferences to be located in Washington, D.C., so we’re excited by the opportunities for speakers, topics, and attendance that will come from being in the power hub of the nation’s capital,” says DATAVERSITY CEO and Program Chair, Tony Shaw. “As with all of our educational programs, the emphasis will be on peer-to-peer sharing of practical experiences through case studies, plus world-class experts providing in-depth tutorials and workshops.”

Registration options range from full event passes to just one day of tutorials or seminars. What’s more, DG Vision is certified by DAMA International to satisfy the continuing education requirements for the Certified Data Management Professionals (CDMP) credential and qualified attendees will have the opportunity to take the CDMP exam at this year’s conference. For more details, visit

Non-attendee conference proceedings that include all presentation materials for conference tutorials and sessions are also available for purchase.


DATAVERSITY is a producer of educational resources for business and information technology professionals on the uses and management of data. Our team strives to provide high-quality content to the worldwide community of practitioners, experts, and developers who participate and benefit from our face-to-face hosted conferences, free online events, live webinars, white papers, online training, daily news, articles and blog posts, and much more. For more information, please visit

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Elza Ibroscheva Named Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Associate Provost

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Denise Cobb, PhD, has named Elza Ibroscheva, PhD, as associate provost, effective July 1. Ibroscheva’s primary responsibilities in the associate provost role will include academic planning, assessment and accreditation.

Her energetic commitment to the University was developed during her 13-year tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Mass Communications, including service in such leadership positions as department chair and graduate program director. She returns to campus after serving Webster University as associate dean at the School of Communications since 2017.

“The search process demonstrated that there is genuine excitement to have Dr. Ibroscheva back as a campus collaborator and leader,” said Cobb. “I have the utmost confidence in her abilities to make a significant and meaningful impact in the Office of the Provost and for the University. She is a true teacher-scholar. Her commitment to student-centered education and quality, and her recognition of the importance of research and scholarship will be true assets.”

“I am thrilled to fill this role,” Cobb continued. “In so doing, we fill an important vacancy in the Office of the Provost, and Academic Affairs broadly, in order to provide critical support for academic planning and our faculty, staff, and deans’ efforts to serve our students and the region. Elza’s previous roles on campus and her experiences will allow her to lead collaboratively and be successful in this supporting role for all of our academic units. I sincerely appreciate the search committee, co-chaired by Dr. Joel Hardman and Dr. Mary Weishaar, for their time and thoughtful work in supporting this search process.”

“I am incredibly excited to return to SIUE, and once again experience the positive energy of the students, the many talents of faculty, and the genuine commitment of the staff,” added Ibroscheva. “I am confident that with the collective will and combined effort of the entire University community, we can move SIUE to new heights in innovative education and excellence in teaching and research. As associate provost, I hope to contribute to the University’s mission by helping develop new and exciting programs that further solidify SIUE’s position as a regional leader preparing students to tackle and solve the challenges of tomorrow.”

Ibroscheva’s SIUE tenure began in 2003 as an instructor in the Department of Mass Communications, where she developed and taught new undergraduate and graduate level courses. She later climbed the academic ranks, departing in 2017 as a professor and chair of the department to advance as a high-level administrator.

Under Ibroscheva’s leadership, SIUE’s mass communications master’s program experienced notable growth in reputation and academic rigor with increased enrollment and graduation numbers. As chair, she also saw the department through a re-accreditation site visit in 2016, and increased its commitment to serving its diverse student population with a focus on fostering an academic atmosphere of collaboration, respect, and the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

As department chair, Ibroscheva led the effort to establish a new digital convergence lab, which was successfully funded as part of SIUE’s high impact fundraising campaign. Additionally, she organized a new alumni advisory board, increased online course offerings, supported new course developments, focused on media start-ups and entrepreneurship, and initiated a new capstone course and a new laptop policy.

The Bulgaria native is a prolific scholar with significant research achievements in her areas of interest, which include international communications, specifically, media developments in Eastern Europe. Her research has been hailed as groundbreaking and original, and has been widely cited in media and cultural studies of Eastern Europe. She has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is author of Advertising and Post-Socialism: Women, Media and Femininity in the Balkans, and co-editor of the most recent volume on female politicians and media around the world entitled, Women, Politics and Media: Perspectives from Nations in Transition.

Ibroscheva is the recipient of numerous internal and external grants and awards, including a 2019 research grant from the National Communication Association, the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) prestigious William and Margaret Going Endowed Professorship Award in 2015, and support from the CAS Targeted Funding Initiative for 2017 Mass Communications Week: “Diversity Amidst Adversity.”

In 2005, Ibroscheva earned a doctorate in mass communication and media arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She had previously completed a master’s in journalism from SIUC in 1999. Her bachelor’s in journalism and mass communication/English was achieved in 1997 from American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 13,000.

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Cogswell College Graduate Sets the Bar for Future Students

Joseph Fortuno has been a driving force within the student body by playing several key leadership roles both within and outside of Cogswell Polytechnical College. He served as the president of the Associated Student Body (ASB) from 2017-18. The ASB of Cogswell strives to be the link of communication between the faculty and students. ASB is the general student membership organization that oversees all of the clubs, helping new ones to form, and existing ones to flourish. During his tenure, he boosted the memberships of student organizations across the campus. He was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Cogswell Chronicle (the college’s newspaper), the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), and he founded and led the Cogswell Collective Photography Club.

As alumni ambassador for Junior Achievement (JA), he met with President Obama at the White House in 2015. In one of his most recent accomplishments, Joseph's entrepreneurial story was published in "The Entrepreneurial Attitude" book by Larry Ferrell and featured on Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achievement, a PBS documentary celebrating JA's 100th anniversary. You can watch the full documentary here:

To cap off all of his achievements, Joseph landed the opportunity of a lifetime to begin his professional career working at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) -- just one week after graduating from Cogswell! Founded in 1975 by George Lucas, ILM has created some of the most memorable visual effects in history, including the awe-inspiring innovations in the classic Star Wars trilogy, The Avengers, and The Transformers.

About Cogswell Polytechnical College 
Founded in 1887, Cogswell Polytechnical College (Cogswell) has taken a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach and has been producing industrial-strength results for over 130 years. Cogswell prepares students for success in the creative-technology industries by providing an extraordinary, real-world education inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our Silicon Valley location. Cogswell’s project-based programs are designed to engage the student imagination and develop their skills in real-world settings alongside industry professionals. Cogswell is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has an average 79% first-year retention rate. Visit, Cogswell’s Instagram, or call 1-855-COGSWELL to learn more about our award-winning programs. For more information regarding completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please see visit our website at

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SIUE Alumnus Savoca is Commencement Speaker for School of Dental Medicine

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) emeritus faculty and SIUE alumnus Dr. Dennis “Denny” Savoca will address 58 SDM students receiving their doctor of dental medicine degrees at the SDM’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sat., June 1, in the SIUE Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. The commencement ceremony can be viewed live on

In 1976, the SDM hired Savoca as an assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. While serving as a faculty member at the SDM, Savoca also earned a master’s in educational administration from SIUE.

Savoca later served the SDM as section head of operative dentistry and assistant dean for clinical affairs, before retiring in 2006 as an associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs. In his retirement, he continued to serve the SDM as a part-time faculty member for a number of years. He continues to serve as a member of the SDM dean’s advisory board.

Savoca began his career at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, earning a DDS in 1969. Shortly thereafter, he joined the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Dental Corps and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia for two years.

After serving his country, Savoca joined a group dental practice in Cincinnati and subsequently started a solo private practice in Edgerton, Ohio before arriving at the SDM.

Savoca continues to enjoy an active membership in the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society and the Madison District Dental Society. He continues to serve the local chapter of the national dental fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Nu Xi Chapter.

A reception for students, faculty and family members will follow in the Goshen Lounge.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine students manage approximately 35,000 patient visits each year at its patient clinics in Alton and East St. Louis. In addition, students offer oral health treatment, screenings and education to more than 10,000 people annually through a wide variety of off-campus community outreach events. These opportunities provide students the training they need to graduate and become highly skilled dentists. The School of Dental Medicine is a vital oral health care provider for residents of southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis metropolitan region.

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CATMEDIA Does it Again: Winner of Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

CATMEDIA has won Atlanta's Best and Brightest Companies to Work for its fourth consecutive year!

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition honors organizations that are committed to creating an excellent workplace environment through their human resource practices and employee enrichment. CATMEDIA has been on the prestigious list since 2016 and has also been named one of the National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.

Each nominee for Best and Brightest undergoes an evaluation based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention, and more. The nominated companies then receive an overall assessment report that summarizes how they stack up against the other participating organizations. The assessment displays scores in the three highest and lowest areas, providing each company with possible opportunities for improvement.

Other notable Best and Brightest winners include Panasonic Automotive, T-Mobile and Turner. For more information on this year’s winners, click here.

Posted in: Automotive,Education,U.S

Award-Winning, "Stranger Things" Creators Ross & Matt Duffer ('07) to Deliver Chapman University Commencement Speech

WHAT:     Matt and Ross Duffer, the 2007 Chapman University alumni who created the Netflix hit “Stranger Things,” will deliver this year’s commencement speech at Chapman. The Duffers’ speech will kick off Commencement Weekend when the class of 2019 gathers for Closing Convocation, the all-University assembly where degrees are conferred and graduates participate in the ceremonial turning of the tassels.

WHEN:     Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7-9 p.m. PDT (Duffer Brothers from approximately 8:05 – 8:25 p.m. PDT)

WHERE:    Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

WHO:     Matt and Ross Duffer (’07), award-winning creators of “Stranger Things,” with season 3 beginning on July 4, 2019 exclusively on Netflix.

DETAILS:     Although this is a sold out and ticketed event, photos and videos of the Duffer Brothers’ Commencement speech will be available upon request. Please contact Lara Wyss at for more information. The ceremony will also be webcast live, which can be viewed through Chapman University’s official Facebook page.

The Duffers are 2007 graduates of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where they collaborated on numerous projects, including the short horror film “Eater.” In 2017, they returned to campus to receive the Alumni Achievement Award at the annual Chapman Celebrates gala. As part of the visit, they also met with students and shared insights about their filmmaking journey in a panel discussion before an overflow crowd.

About Chapman University 
Chapman University is California’s third largest private university and ranks fifth in the U.S. News & World Report listing of Best Regional Universities in the West. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Chapman strives for diversity and inclusion by recruiting and supporting students representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles and unique talents. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Founded in 1861 and based in the City of Orange, California, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, 21 miles south in the Irvine Spectrum, Orange County’s technology hub. In 2020, the university will open its 11th college, the Fowler School of Engineering in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

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Cancer Biology Conference to Show the Power of Imaging Science in Cancer Research

Some of the world’s top experts in imaging and cancer biology will present the latest research in this growing field at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and Hood College Imaging Science and Cancer Biology Symposium, June 21-23. Cancer researchers are invited to attend the conference, to be held on the Hood campus in Frederick, Maryland.

New imaging technologies have the potential to transform cancer research and treatment by driving new understanding in cancer biology over a broad range of scales from the atomistic to the human body. The interdisciplinary symposium will showcase how leading cancer researchers leverage advanced imaging tools.

“The distinguished group of scientists leading the symposium convenes at a pivotal time. Advances in imaging technologies are revolutionizing cancer biology, providing a deeper understanding of molecular and cellular structure,” said Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., director of the Frederick National Laboratory, which is home to state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

“This is an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the application of exciting new imaging technologies to provide fundamental insights into cancer biology,” said Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., a symposium presenter and founding director of the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

The scientific symposium is the first in the planned Frederick National Laboratory–Hood College Life Sciences Symposium series. The event is in the tradition of the popular Oncogene Meeting, a national fixture in Frederick for more than 20 years.

“We are excited about reviving this symposium with Leidos, who has been a tremendous partner for Hood. They have provided research and internship opportunities for our students, and many of our graduate school adjunct instructors work at Leidos,” said Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., president of Hood College.

Symposium presentations will explore advances in understanding the mechanisms altering cancer cell signaling—as recently enabled by imaging technologies. High-resolution imaging techniques, such as Fluorine-19 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the cryo-electron microscopy, have also yielded new insights in structural biology. Presenters will discuss the use of these techniques and describe the research they have enabled across an array of structural biology topics, ranging from the epigenome to the immune system. The final day of the symposium will introduce attendees to novel and cutting-edge imaging methods only recently leveraged for cancer research. Attendees will have the opportunity to confer with presenters individually throughout the weekend.

The symposium will begin Friday, June 21 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public lecture from keynote Otis Brawley, M.D., who served as chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 2018. He will discuss the democratization of cancer medicine and describe how new insights in cancer researcher can benefit all Americans.

The presenters and their session topics are as follows: 

  • Frank McCormick, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Visualizing Signal Transduction
  • Diane Lidke, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Single Molecule Imaging Provides New Insights into Oncogenic EGFR Signaling
  • Joe Gray, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University, A Multiscale Assessment of Spatially Defined Inter- and Intra-Cellular Interactions in Breast Cancer
  • Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Imaging the Compositional, Spatial and Signaling Heterogeneity of Breast Cancer
  • Hao Wu, Ph.D., Harvard University, Imaging for Immunity
  • Angela Gronenborn, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, The Awesome Power of 19F NMR    
  • Cheryl Arrowsmith, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Structural and Chemical Biology to Illuminate the Cancer Epigenome
  • Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Cryo-EM and Integrative Structural Biology
  • Wei Min, Ph.D., Columbia University, High-Resolution Imaging of Metabolic Activity and Heterogeneity in Animals
  • David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Combined Single Cell Intravital Bioluminescence and Confocal Imaging in Live Animals Identifies HOCl as a Paracrine Effector Linking Myeloid Cells to NF-κB Signaling in Melanoma Cells
  • Peter N. Devreotes, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Excitable Networks in Directed Cell Migration
  • Tom Misteli, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, Imaging the Genome


To learn more and to register for the event, please visit the symposium website.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 17 graduate programs, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

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Lean Enterprise Institute Executive Chair Jean Cunningham Inducted into the Shingo Academy

Jean Cunningham, executive chair and interim CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), today is the newest member of the prestigious Shingo Academy, which honors business leaders who have distinguished themselves in operational excellence.

Cunningham was inducted during a ceremony at the Shingo Institute’s annual conference on April 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. The Institute is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

“I am so surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” Cunningham said. “When my books won Shingo Awards, it became a key part in creating the confidence to continue to share what I had learned so that others might learn and be inspired as well. The recognition from Shingo for my books is a key reason I feel I was able to do the work that eventually enabled me to be recognized by the academy.”

Cunningham, who became executive chair and interim CEO of Boston-based LEI in March 2019, is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization, regarded as an essential text for learning lean accounting. She is co-author of Easier, Simpler, Faster on applying lean principles to IT processes. Both books were awarded the Shingo Prize for Research in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Last year, she published The Value Add Accountant on how finance and accounting can innovate and add value in strategic improvement efforts.

Early Lean Production Success 
Between 1993 and 2005 Cunningham served as CFO at two manufacturing companies, where she pioneered integrating lean manufacturing with finance, IT, HR, marketing, and other business functions. One company was capital equipment manufacturer Lantech, an early example of lean production success and lean enterprise innovation that was featured in Harvard Business Review, business best-seller Lean Thinking, and The Work of Management published by LEI in 2017.

Cunningham’s work experience began at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where she broke ground as the first woman plant controller. In that role, she created a fully engaged team approach to create excellence in the function. She later left finance for operations.

In 2006, she founded Illinois-based Jean Cunningham Consulting, providing strategic guidance, lean management coaching, and other continuous improvement practices globally to companies in manufacturing, services, and healthcare.

Cunningham, a sought-after speaker and keynoter at conferences, was inducted into the AME Hall of Fame for Manufacturing Excellence in 2018. She teaches Lean Accounting at the Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program.

About LEI 
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training, publishing, and research organization based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice to create more value and prosperity while consuming the fewest possible resources. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit LEI at to learn more.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Proclaims Young Latina Day April 11

Recognizing the positive achievements of young Hispanic women, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel presented to Gabriela Rodil, treasurer and board member of the nonprofit Fig Factor Foundation, a proclamation declaring April 11 to be Young Latina Day in Chicago.

The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to provide educational leadership platforms, mentorship and meaningful empowering activities to Latinas ages 12 to 25. Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO of JJR Marketing, formed the foundation in North Aurora in 2014.

“Meeting with Rahm Emmanuel and learning of his strong support for this event was a significant milestone for the Fig Factor Foundation,” Rodil said. “Having Mayor Emmanuel make that proclamation in the third largest city in the country paves the way for future supportive advancements in the Latino community in Chicago.”

This year six other suburbs commemorated the celebration: Bolingbrook, West Chicago, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Aurora and Berwyn.

The Young Latina Day event began when it was first proclaimed by the City of Aurora in 2017. In 2018, in addition to Aurora, West Chicago and Berwyn also participated. It was also in 2018 that through the Latino affairs from the office of the Governor, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented a certificate of excellence to honor and recognize the foundation’s work in the Hispanic community. This year’s schedule of Chicago and six suburbs displays the growing support to help Latinas in their life goals.

“The fact that this year we have seven cities participating shows the importance of supporting young Latinas as they grow to be leaders and role models to their families, communities and businesses,” Camacho-Ruiz said.

The event has already made an impact on participants such as Crystal Monarrez, a senior at Batavia High School who will be entering Brigham Young University this fall. Monarrez entered the foundation’s mentoring program and graduated from it.

“Participating in Young Latina Day makes me feel grateful that people are aware of the beauty and culture that comes from being Latina,” she said. “As young Latinas, we are recognizing where we come from. We are celebrating our blood heritage, our roots, our families, our traditions and our way of life.”

West Chicago resident Gaby Hernandez, a family liaison with West Chicago’s Elementary School District 33 and a Fig Factor Foundation graduate, said that Young Latina Day is an important part of her life. For her, seeing these cities proclaim the day makes it official and a reality.

Hernandez described the day as exposing her to the amount of success Latinas have had by participating as foundation mentors or as partners who have helped Camacho-Ruiz along the years.

“It is those connections that I built through the Fig Factor Foundation has led me to be open to more possibilities,” Hernandez said.

The celebration would not be possible without the generous support of the following businesses. Northern Trust is the event’s gold sponsor. Silver event sponsors are, Ortega Business Services Inc., Victoria and Scott Severson, Berwyn Park District, JJR Marketing, Ramos Tax and Services, Advanced Wiring Solutions and Lurdez Consulting Group. Bronze event sponsors are Roger Doan, Allegiant Fire Protection, Farmers Insurance, Medhat Sbeih of State Farm, C.B. Colin Landscapes, PME Cake Decorating Supplies, 25 Unite, Vertex Resource Group, La Michocana, Delgado Rompf Bruen LLC, Latin Heritage Leadership Council, Continental Audi of Naperville, Luxury Nails Tech and City of Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero.

For more information about the Fig Factor Foundation, visit

About Fig Factor Foundation: 
The Fig Factor Foundation’s mission is to become a powerful catalyst for Latinas aged 12 to 25 to pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. It was founded in September 2014, after six months of hard work to assemble the team, the program, build infrastructure and raise initial funding. Their positive impact was immediately felt at smaller local events and provided the impetus to grow. The foundation’s goal is to implement the program nationwide before expanding globally. Learn more about the foundation at

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Cogswell Polytechnical College's First Tournament with New Head Esports Coach Alex Holler

With an award-winning game design program and a dynamic community of gamers, Cogswell is the natural place for esports to explode. The Cogswell College Dragons professionally compete in Overwatch and League of Legends.

Esports is a way for students to not only compete, but build skills and access opportunities to learn concepts in marketing, production, coaching, and game design & development.

Cogswell offers scholarships up to ,000 per term for players in both Overwatch and League of Legends, for those who qualify.

Esports is exploding internationally and continuing to gain in popularity every day. “Cogswell has been at the forefront of the gaming space and we are delighted to officially have a proven Coach that is able to implement innovative strategies that will take us to the next level,” said CEO Charles Restivo. Cogswell just ranked #14 in the Princeton Review’s top gaming schools and has ranked for the past 6 years in a row.

Cogswell College is looking forward to this season of competition. Check out the Dragons in action:

About Cogswell Polytechnical College 
Founded in 1887, Cogswell Polytechnical College (Cogswell) has taken a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the learning space for over 130 years. Cogswell prepares students for success in the creative-technology industries by providing an extraordinary, real-world education inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our Silicon Valley location. Cogswell is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Visit to learn more about our award-winning programs. For more information regarding completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please see visit our website at 

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The Louisville IT Symposium Is Expected to Have Over 200 IT Leaders From Over 70 Local Companies Represented at This Year's Event

The Louisville IT Symposium is expected to have over 200 IT leaders from over 70 local companies represented at this year's event. This one-day, executive-level event is geared toward knowledge-sharing and networking for CIO's and their direct management teams. This single day event consists of 3 keynote sessions and 12 breakout sessions allowing you to tailor the day to your needs.

Kicking the day off will be Scott Augenbaum, retired supervisory special agent for the FBI. Mr. Augenbaum will share why a transnational criminal enterprise and foreign intelligence services may want to target your organization’s data or intellectual property. This eye-opening presentation will discuss ways to ensure you are prepared. Scott has responded to hundreds of data breaches and is here to show commonalities across almost all incidents. He will also provide participants with several takeaways to prevent their organization from becoming the next victim.

Over the lunch hour will be Tom Triumph, a business and technology executive who’s presentation is titled, “The Future of IT: Business & Technology Luminaries On The Next 20 Years”. We’re obligated to do our best to foresee how today’s emerging Information Technology will impact our work and lives in the foreseeable future. Having an understanding as to how these technologies are expected to impact our work gives us the opportunity to better prepare.

The final keynote presenter is Julie Rieger, President, Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media for 20th Century Fox Film. Julie, a data pioneer, will be closing the day with her successes and failures in establishing her massive data organization and blending strategy with the tactical practical. The film industry has been turned upside down during the technology and data revolution just like every other business. You will hear how Fox went from being data poor to consumer insight-rich and how 'data' pulled-up a chair to participate in critical business decisions.

Along with the 3 keynote presenters there will be 12 peer-led breakout sessions specifically addressing issues and trends the IT leaders of Louisville have told us are important to their organizations. You can view the full day's agenda here.

The Louisville IT Symposium is hosted by SIM Louisville, together we bring more of the region’s top IT executives together for a day of networking, education and collaboration. Register yourself and your management team here.

For more information about this exclusive event please contact Matt Emick at or by visiting the event website,

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People Need People Becomes Higher Growth Search, a Staffing and HR Services Firm for the Cannabis Industry

Today People Need People becomes Higher Growth Search, a staffing and HR services firm for the cannabis industry.

For years, cannabis-based businesses comprised a small and unregulated industry, and there was therefore little need for attention to compliance and employment regulations. However, with the legalization of cannabis came both a flood of new talent into and an increased spotlight on the industry, and many cannabis businesses need outside guidance to keep up with these new demands.

People Need People was founded in 2017 in Oakland, CA by Stacy Bryant, an industry veteran who began her expansive career in the industry at the age of 16. People Need People was built as a boutique staffing company geared towards the cannabis industry, and it expanded across Northern California, maintaining relationships with some of today’s most well-known brands.

“I am excited to be joining Higher Growth Search at such a critical time for the cannabis industry,” remarked Bryant, managing director of Higher Growth Search. “Legalization has created new challenges for business owners, who now cannot rely solely on their expertise with cannabis, but must also quickly come to understand employment law and implement new policies to remain in compliance. It’s clear that not only does the cannabis industry ‘Need People,’ but it also needs to properly hire, manage, and retain them so that their businesses can grow.”

Higher Growth Search’s vision is to help legitimize the cannabis industry by giving businesses resources to manage and care for their employees, institute and maintain safe workplaces, and find and retain the right talent for each role and company.

“By staffing our company with not only experts from the cannabis space, but also from the staffing and human resources management side,” said CEO Joe Madigan, “we’ve positioned Higher Growth Search to become a strong business partner who understands both where cannabis companies are coming from and how to get them where they want to go.”

Drawing from experience in helping businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises and across nearly every industry represented in California for the last 50 years, Higher Growth Search brings a wealth of knowledge and support to the cannabis industry. Higher Growth Search also has deep knowledge of the local job markets and a wide network of highly talented workers, along with experience staffing for the wine, beer and spirit fields and other highly regulated industries, making this new company a strong presence as it enters the cannabis industry. 
To learn more about Higher Growth Search, visit

About Higher Growth Search 
With nearly fifty years’ experience in the staffing, HR, and payroll space, as well as years of working directly with cannabis-focused companies, Higher Growth Search is the foundation on which businesses in the cannabis industry grow. We relieve you of the burden of providing payroll administration, compliance, staffing, and human resources services and apply our deeply-rooted expertise with HR processes and management across industries to your business. Visit for more information.

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Language On's English School in Orlando Set for Expansion

As Language On’s South Florida campuses continue to grow, so too does its newest school in Orlando. Opened in December 2018, Language On Orlando has already reached near capacity and is in the process of expanding its facilities located near the Dr. Phillips area south of downtown Orlando. Campus director Jesus Prato confirmed that Language On Orlando’s campus expansion project is well underway. Prato pointed out that “once our facilities expansion is complete, we will be equipped with five new large classrooms for up to 15 students, which is the maximum number of students we ever put together in a class, as well as a new student lounge area. This will allow us to continue to grow in Orlando and serve the increasing need for high-quality English and foreign language instruction in the region.”

Students from around the world enroll in Language On's Intensive English Course in Orlando and Vacation English Course. Language On's English school in Orlando is located at 2448 Sand Lake Road and is open daily on weekdays.

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With College Decision Day Just Around the Corner, Students Have Much to Consider

In less than two weeks, on May 1, prospective college freshmen all over the country will have to make a decision about where they will enroll next fall. But before students make their College Decision Day selection, many will need to consider and compare financial aid offers from different schools.

This can be an exciting but stressful time for families as they weigh which school best fits their student’s needs academically and socially against which school is the best fit for their family from a financial standpoint. One of the biggest factors in choosing a college is cost, but comparing financial aid award notifications can sometimes be difficult because different schools have different resources, so financial aid offers—and the way they are presented—can vary greatly.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has developed an Award Notification Comparison Worksheet that students can utilize to help make the process of reviewing financial aid award offers a bit simpler. The worksheet includes a glossary of terms commonly found in award notifications and provides tips students can follow when comparing financial aid offers.

“Too many students end up not enrolling in college because they think they won’t be able to afford it or don’t fully understand their options,” said Megan Coval, NASFAA vice president of policy and federal relations. “With this tool we’re aiming to demystify the financial aid process so parents and student can more clearly understand what is being offered and what the terms are of that aid. As decision day approaches, financial aid administrators across the country also stand at the ready to help answer any outstanding questions, no matter how small, about paying for college.”

NASFAA encourages prospective students and parents to reach out to financial aid offices at potential schools with any lingering questions. To request an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson about what students and parents should take into consideration when making their college-going decisions, please email or call (202) 785-6959.


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit

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Capstone Development Partners and University of Massachusetts Boston’s New Residence and Dining Hall Partnership Named Best Public-Private Partnership Development

Capstone Development Partners (“Capstone”) announced that the New Residence and Dining Hall at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was awarded the Best Public-Private Partnership Development at the Student Housing Business Ninth Annual Innovator Awards ceremony held April 11th in Austin, TX. The project was selected among 115 student housing development nominees encompassing a total of 23 award categories. The project was judged on multiple criteria including: how it solved a unique need for the university; served as a win-win-win for the school, its residents in the project and the developer; building architecture; design into the campus fabric; and the project’s performance relative to budget and schedule.

The new residence hall is the first on-campus housing at the University and houses more than 1,000 first year and transfer students and includes a 500-seat dining hall that serves the entire campus.

The UMass Boston New Residence and Dining Hall, was developed by Capstone in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston and University of Massachusetts Building Authority in a public-private partnership.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the vision, planning, direction and oversight of the project by the ‘public’ partners, the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, the UMass Building Authority, and UMass Boston, and the creative transaction and development execution by the ‘private’ partners, Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, Capstone Development Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Shawmut Design and Construction, and COCM,” said Jeff Jones, Capstone Principal.

The Project was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects; constructed by Shawmut Design and Construction; and the project is operated by COCM. The engineering team included Haley Aldrich, Nitsch Engineering, WSP, McNamara Salvia and AHA Engineering. Copley Wolff Design Group was the Project’s landscape architect. The Project was financed with tax-exempt bonds and is owned by Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 non-profit owner. 

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Blue Pillar Launches Partnership Program to Accelerate Value-Added Energy Service and Application Adoption

Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) network solutions provider for facility-based data and control systems, today announced the launch of its Building Blocks Partnership Program (“BBPP”) with over 30 new members. The breadth and size of the partnership program makes it one of the largest IoT partnership programs in the market. Blue Pillar’s partners offer market leading IoT technology, system enablement, deployment, consulting, and value-added applications and services, which complement Blue Pillar’s ability to build and operate best-in-class, facility-based IoT networks via their award-winning Aurora® connectivity and control platform. The combined, fully integrated end-to-end solutions created by these partnerships will provide Commercial and Industrial (“C&I”) facility operators with lower cost IoT networking options and unprecedented flexibility in how their facility information can be leveraged to make them more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

“Blue Pillar believes that it will take an ecosystem of companies fueled by open collaboration to accelerate the adoption of new energy services and applications,” said Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar. “Traditional connectivity and control networks in the energy space have been proprietary, application-specific networks installed to support a particular vendor application or equipment type leaving facility operators with siloed data streams and limited choice amongst vendors. The BBPP program is the first partnership program which showcases how IoT networks can be completely independent from the equipment they connect, the sensors they use, and who installs them, while also being open and interoperable with value-added service provider or application providers.”

The BBPP is structured into two partnership categories: System Enablement and Solution Enablement. System Enablement partners are comprised of technology, installation, and communication services providers who are focused on the cost-effective building of facility-based IoT networks, while Solution Enablement partners are comprised of value-added services and application providers who leverage these networks to create tangible benefits for C&I customers. These value-added solution providers cover the spectrum of energy management, demand response, distributed energy resource management (DER), microgrids, energy efficiency, and centralized facility management.

BBPP System Enablement partners announced today are: 

    • Technology: Aquana, CE+T Energy Solutions, CircuitMeter, Covalen, Horner Automation Group, LeClanché, Monnit, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., and Power Standards Lab



  • Deployment: Dailey Electric, M2 Electric, Mad Dash Field Services, The Vanjen Group and Wayne Electric


BBPP Solution Enablement partners announced today are:


    • Energy Service Providers: Customized Energy Solutions, Drift Marketplace, GreenSync, Nexant, Rodan Energy Solutions, Sparkfund, Voltus



    • Strategic Energy Consultants: Chateau Energy Solutions, GlideNet, Rexel, The Plan Consulting Group (TPCG)



  • Application Solution Providers: AutoGrid, Building Clarity, Canary Labs, Collaborative Work Environment (CWE), eSight Energy, Logical Buildings, MACH Energy


Membership in the partnership program has several benefits. System Enablement partners are given priority by Blue Pillar to be used in the implementation of IoT networks. Solution Enablement Partners will be introduced to Blue Pillar’s C&I customer base as “pre-integrated” solutions, which can be easily deployed to solve their energy or operational challenges. In addition, Solution Enablement partners have the ability to earn incentives through a built-in referral program if they utilize Blue Pillar as their facility-based network provider in their new customer opportunities. Interested partners can learn more about the program at

About Blue Pillar 
Blue Pillar connects the things that power our world. The only IoT solution which utilizes end-to-end software automation to simplify IoT deployments, Blue Pillar unleashes the power of real-time data to strengthen critical infrastructure and accelerate business. With Blue Pillar, companies have unprecedented insight into their energy needs to become more efficient and have peace of mind that when the grid goes down, their business will continue forward. Learn more at or on Twitter at @bluepillarinc.

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Family Firm Institute Announces 2018 Quarter 4 Graduates of its Global Education Network (GEN) Certificate Programs in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising

The Family Firm Institute, Inc. has granted certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) to a distinguished group of professionals in the family enterprise field. The FFI Global Education Network has been developed by The Family Firm Institute, Inc., and is the gold standard educational program for advisors and consultants working with families in business and families of wealth. The program benefits both family business advisors and their clients by establishing and providing objective and research-based professional standards for advisors to family-owned enterprises and families of wealth.

The following students received Certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) in the first quarter of 2019.

Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) 
Beatriz Boza 
Ernst & Young 
Lima, Perú

Tadeusz Dulian 
Deloitte Advisory Sp. z o. o. 
Kraków, Poland

Ben Showalter 
Northwest Farm Credit Services 
Cheney, Washington USA

Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) 
Michael Blacksburg 
Independent Consultant 
Durham, North Carolina USA

Joy Chufan Chen 
Ernst & Yong Hong Kong Office 
Hong Kong

Michel Prent 
BDO Advisory BV 
Utrecht, Netherlands

Dual Certificates (CFBA, CFWA) 
Jessica J. Garner 
Stevard LLC 
Chicago, Illinois USA

Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) 
David Harland 
Brisbane, Australia

Jií Hnilica, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Aleš Kubíek, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Built for busy professionals, FFI GEN ( delivers world-class curriculum, unparalleled access to faculty and thought leaders, and connections to a global network of specialists in the field.

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Urgency of Civility--What Can Be Done to Turn the Tide? Special Conference to Be Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va April 30 to May 1

Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action conference. Held at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30—May 1, this hands-on summit will bring together organizations and individuals who are all working to restore civility in society. A reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration will set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.

Choose from six tracks:

Government – How does incivility manifest in government and politics, national, state, and local? How does incivility impede all peoples’ voices from being heard, and make it more difficult to reach common ground? Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.

Workplace – How does incivility manifest in workplaces? How is it experienced by customers, employees, managers, and executives? Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.

Communities – How does incivility manifest in communities? What are the signs of incivility? What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.

Media (social and public) – Social media platforms and news media organizations are frequently accused of furthering incivility, by promoting, publicizing, even profiting from it. What needs to change, and how to make this occur? What are the incentives and disincentives to their doing so? What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.

Education – How does incivility show up in schools – elementary, middle, and high schools – and on college and university campuses? What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? Are they doing less than they used to? What more needs to be done? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.

Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Certainly, habits of behavior, how to treat others, and how to discuss and resolve conflicts are all begun early. What can family members, especially parents, do to raise children who are thoughtful problem-solvers and engaged citizens? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.

Among the highlights of the conference will be honoring the Father of Civility, Dr. PM Forni as a Civility Pioneer.

Register today at Civility--A Springboard for Action.

Single-day and student rates are available.

For more information:

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Media & Communications,U.S

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Awarded the 2019 MEDA Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, the Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, has won the “2019 “Hall of Fame” award from the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA:  MEDA is a highly respected and economic development organization of Maryland, USA. All EDOs, business leaders, consultants and economic development professionals belong to this state-wide organization.    

Meda in its press release stated, “MEDA Hall of Fame: Pradeep Ganguly. A member of MEDA since 1984, Ganguly has more than 30 years of service in economic development. Ganguly was most recently the executive vice president of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a former director for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County. He spent 21 years with DBED, which is now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce. Through it all, Ganguly has given what time he has to MEDA while balancing the demands of a busy job. He also makes it a point to give back to the community. In 1988, Ganguly founded MKK-USA, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support and humanitarian aid.”

Dr. Ganguly is the only Indian-American in Maryland and the Washington, DC region of USA to have been bestowed this high recognition and honor.  The award will be presented to Dr. Ganguly on April 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention of MEDA to be held at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, MD.

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ganguly, with best wishes for continued success.

For further information, contact Mr. Asheesh Jain

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SIUE’s Wilhelm Introduces Nonprescription Drug Reference Guide

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s (SOP) Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, along with co-editor Cortney Mospan, PharmD, introduced the newly revised “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting held March 22-25 in Seattle.

A clinical associate professor in the SOP Department of Pharmacy Practice, Wilhelm authored four chapters and co-edited the publication. Mospan is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences in Indian Trail, N.C. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist with Dilworth Drug and Wellness Center.

The quick reference handbook is intended to be a companion guide to the “APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs.”

“The purpose of the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ is a comprehensive textbook that introduces the student pharmacist to nonprescription medicines and provides self-care faculty with a robust background for teaching,” Wilhelm said. “The Quick Reference is the next step in knowledge management and evolution.

“It provides a focus on the application of key concepts from the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ in a smaller, more digestible format, which allows for the development of confidence in student pharmacists and mid-level practitioners. For practicing pharmacists and preceptors, it can be used to clarify knowledge, reinforce clinical decision-making and serve as a review tool to maintain competency.”

A similar book previously had been written, but the author chose not to continue. When Wilhelm and Mospan were the first to advise the original author about their interest in continuing the project, they became partners. They accepted the project and modified the format, so that it is a QuEST SCHOLAR MAC approach to chapters.

     QuEST SCHOLAR MAC is a systematic approach to patient assessment. It helps pharmacists to gather and evaluate information about the patient’s problem or symptom(s) and overall health, differentiate self-treatable conditions from those that require medical referral, and counsel the patient regarding the best treatment option, ranging from no treatment to over-the-counter medication to referral to a healthcare provider.

A native of Garnett, Kansas, Wilhelm earned a doctorate of pharmacy in 2002 from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Before joining SIUE in 2008, Wilhelm was pharmacy manager for Hen House Pharmacy in the Kansas City area. In that role, she was also primary preceptor for the University of Kansas/Hen House Pharmacy community pharmacy residency program.

Wilhelm’s clinical specialty area is community-based pharmacy practice. She is the clinical community pharmacist with Schnucks Pharmacy in Edwardsville. Her interests include delivery of patient care services, medication therapy management, disease state education and self-care. Other areas of interest relate to health and wellness such as immunizations and preventative screenings.

The “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” can be purchased at

Today’s pharmacists improve patients’ lives through the medication and education they provide. Dedicated to developing a community of caring pharmacists, the SIUE School of Pharmacy curriculum is nationally recognized as a model that offers students a unique combination of classroom education, research, community service and patient care. The School of Pharmacy’s areas of excellence include a drug design and discovery core; pediatric practice; chronic pain research and practice; and diabetes research and practice. As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctorate program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need for highly trained pharmacists in a rapidly growing field.

Photo (L-R): SIUE Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Miranda Wilhelm, with co-editor Cortney Mospan of Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences.

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Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has announced the eighteen winners of their 2019 scholarship program. Ten thousand dollars will be awarded to each of the students for a total of 0,000 to pursue their careers in the agriculture industry. The recipients are: 

  • Laura Antizzo of Ijamsville, Maryland, a senior at Urbana High School
  • Kaitlin Bell of Nottingham, Pennsylvania, a senior at Oxford Area High School
  • Ryan Bollinger of Frederick, Maryland, a senior at Frederick High School
  • Cahlen Cheatham of Myersville, Maryland, a sophomore at Tarleton State University
  • Nyah DeValle of Damascus, Maryland, a senior at Damascus High School
  • Emily Griswold of West Chester, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Amanda Grube of Manheim, Pennsylvania, a sophomore at Penn State University
  • Giulianna Kukor of Frederick, Maryland, a freshman at Cornell University
  • Karalyn Lonngren of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Justin Petrie of Stephens City, Virginia, a freshman at Virginia Tech
  • Lesa Ransburg of Finksburg, Maryland, a senior at Westminster High School
  • Olivia Richart of North East, Maryland, a junior at Penn State University
  • Jamie Stephan of New Holland, Pennsylvania, a senior at Pequea Valley High School
  • Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman of Holtwood, Pennsylvania, a senior at Penn Manor High School
  • Lynne Thomas of Fallston, Maryland, a senior at North Harford High School
  • Andrew Toms of Walkersville, Maryland, attending the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Nathaniel Vincent of Laurel, Delaware, a junior at Harvard University
  • Leslie Webb of Greenwood, Delaware, a senior at Lake Forest High School

“We are excited to award the winners of this year’s scholarship program,” says Dale Hershey, Chairman of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. “The Board is confident in the futures of all eighteen students and the agriculture industry.”

The non-profit Foundation was established in 2015 and is funded by participating association MidAtlantic Farm Credit. The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s scholarship program awards scholarships valued at ,000 to high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an advanced educational program. The applicants must be planning to pursue a career in agriculture and reside in a county within MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory.

“We received more than 100 applications again this year from students across our region, making the selection process a challenging one,” adds Hershey. “I would encourage any student pursuing a career in agriculture to apply for our scholarship program this year.”

For more information about the Foundation and scholarship program, please visit

About Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement 
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a M non-profit foundation formed in 2015, created to help advance the future of agriculture. The Foundation’s scholarship program is open to all students residing in MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory who fit the eligibility requirements. The scholarship program was announced as part of Farm Credit’s 100th anniversary, held in 2016.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Just Released White Paper: Benchmarking Digital Advancement

mStoner, Inc., and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announce the release of a white paper, Benchmarking Digital Advancement.

The white paper, based on interviews and a survey conducted in 2018, reflects how advancement tools, practices, and attitudes are evolving toward integrated, digitally enabled outreach and engagement for colleges and universities with their key stakeholders such as alumni, donors, parents, and others. The 2018 research builds on a decade of other surveys focusing on the use of social media and other digital fundraising and outreach tactics and strategies.

“Communications and marketing activities that support the work of advancement are key to an ‘integrated advancement function.’ CASE is pleased to once again have partnered with mStoner on this type of research, part of our overall AMAtlas initiative,” said Fred Weiss, chief research and data officer at CASE.

The survey of digital advancement focused on how schools, colleges and universities use various digital tools and techniques in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing. The white paper explores how higher ed is adopting various digital tools and integrating them into advancement more broadly.

In addition to questions exploring how colleges and universities used social and digital media and other tools in their advancement activities, mStoner and CASE researched: the reporting relationships of the chief marketing officer (CMO) and chief advancement officer (CAO); how institutional brands and campaign brands related; and which teams were responsible for important activities such as meeting enrollment goals and engaging alumni and donors.

Here are four significant findings from this research: 

  • 60 percent of institution's CMOs and CAOs report to the CEO. At 21 percent of institutions, the person acting as CMO reports to the CAO, and at 17 percent of institutions, there’s another reporting structure in place. At 2 percent of institutions, the CAO reports to the CMO.
  • 57 percent of institutions report that they have one or more staff members who manage social media.
  • At 65 percent of institutions, “create, sustain, improve brand image” is one of the most important goals for social media.
  • 65 percent of respondents say they are "somewhat successful" at using social media to achieve their goals.


The white paper identifies benchmarks for overall characteristics and specific behaviors that indicate how institutions are progressing on adopting various components of digital advancement. For example, while 67 percent of respondents indicated that their institutions have experimented with digitally powered fundraising such as crowdsourcing or Giving Days, only 26 percent of respondents said that their institution was using a scoring system for alumni and donors — a form of “net promoter” scoring.

According to Michael Stoner, president and co-founder of mStoner, Inc., and the author of the white paper, “Businesses are moving toward becoming digitally enabled — making digital tools and practices part of every aspect of the business. These benchmarks are really the first step at enabling colleges and universities to explore where they are on adopting a range of digital advancement tools and practices. We hope that they can serve as conversation-starters for staff as we move forward in an era when digital tools and practices will be commonplace and a foundation for engagement with everyone.”

mStoner, Inc. is a digital-first agency committed to tailored solutions that deliver real results. We craft powerful, tailored, human-centric experiences to illuminate your brand and allow you to tell the story only you can tell. We connect you with the right audience at the right time so you can form right-fit relationships. We position your team for improved productivity, sustainable growth, internal alignment, and proof-positive success. And we aim to make your job fun again and help you create inspired work that you are proud to show off. Since 2001, we’ve worked with more than 350 colleges, universities, and professional schools in the U.S. and abroad. For much more, visit our website at

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Julio Gonzalez, CEO of Engineered Tax Services is Elected as National Finance Chairman for RNHA

Republican National Hispanic Assembly Elects New Board Members and Grows its National Leadership Team.

The Board provides the organizational leadership required to carry out the mission. They promote the fundamental principles and values of republicanism throughout the Hispanic American community in the United States.

The National Finance Chairman will be Julio Gonzalez, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Engineered Tax Services, Inc., a nationally licensed engineering firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida with 15 offices nationwide and over 140 employees and consultants. ETS works with many of the Top 100 CPA firms and Fortune 500 companies nationwide.

Julio is a well-respected leader in his field, as well as in the tax reform world. Amongst many of his talents, Julio has an extensive track record of speaking at national events on topics such as cost segregation, historic tax credits, opportunity zone, research and development, and emerging tax programs.

About Republican National Hispanic Assembly 
The RNHA is an American political organization founded in 1967 that was formally recognized by the RNC a few years later. Its purpose is to develop and effectively educate a strong Republican Hispanic constituency throughout the nation. The participation of citizens of Hispanic heritage in the American political process and the Republican Party is critical; we encourage able and qualified Americans who are registered Republican voters, to seek office at all levels of government.

About ETS 
Engineered Tax Services, Inc. (ETS) is a licensed engineering firm that focuses on federal, state, and local tax benefits. Founder and CEO, Julio Gonzalez, is an expert in tax reform whose strong presence is helping define our current tax laws. Under Gonzalez's guidance and true insight into how the industry is shaping, Engineered Tax Services is one of the largest, fastest growing, and most innovative engineering, energy, and specialty tax credit services firm in the country. Visit us at

Posted in: Education,Real Estate,Services

Watch Innovations Television Series on Monday, April 1, 2019

Tune in to History Channel on Monday, April 1, 2019 @6:30 am ET for an all-new episode of Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. Check your local listings for more information.

Coming up on Innovations, learn about Maryland Environmental Service (MES). Operating approximately 1,000 environmental projects and services across the Mid-Atlantic Region, MES employs over 800 teammates. The show will educate audiences on how MES benefits Maryland’s environment through innovative solutions to the region’s most complex environmental challenges.

With a look at Warfighter Hemp products, which are organic and made from cannabidiol (CBD), viewers will discover how Warfighter Hemp is helping Veterans find relief from symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stress and anxiety, sleep deprivation, pain, and more.

Focusing on Rivion’s dedicated team of professionals –and its holistic approach to sustainable design, planning, and building– this segment will discover how Rivion employs the latest technologies and methods to uncover issues and challenges. In addition, spectators will see how Rivion uses data driven metrics to make sure it delivers the right solution and drives value for its clients.

Innovations will also educate about Superior Tray Systems, leaders in the design and manufacturing of top-quality engineered cable bus and cable tray systems. Concentrating on its Cable Bus Solutions, a power distribution system that uses multiple parallel conductors braced in a rigid enclosure, viewers will see how each conductor is insulated and fully continuous from source to load.

“Sustainability is a major focus on our show. As such, we remain dedicated to enlightening audiences about recent advances in sustainable practices,” said Chad Densen, production manager for DMG Productions and the Innovations series. “We are thrilled to be able to share this with audiences around the country.”

About Innovations & DMG Productions: 
Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more.

Backed by experts in various fields, and a team dedicated to education and advancement, DMG Productions consistently produces commercial-free, educational programming on which both viewers and networks depend.

For more information visit: or contact (866) 496-4065.

Posted in: Education,Energy & Environment

April Carnegie Council Public Events Live and Online: "From Gutenberg to Google" with Tom Wheeler and "How Change Happens" with Cass R. Sunstein

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its April 2019 current affairs programs in New York City.

To attend in person, please RSVP. Go to the online calendar:

Press passes and student tickets are available. Please contact

Events take place at: 
Carnegie Council 
170 East 64 Street, New York, NY 10065.

Watch them as live webcasts here:

Videos, transcripts, and audios are available online soon after events take place.


April 03, 8:00-9:15 AM EST 
From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future 
Tom Wheeler, Brookings Institution

April 18, 6:00-7:30 PM 
How Change Happens 
Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. Go to

Posted in: Education,Media & Communications,News & Current Affairs

One-Day Leadership Workshop Hosted by Trium Showcased New York Times Best-Selling Author, Byron Katie and TED Speaker, Eldra Jackson

The Trium Group, a leading management consultancy that specializes in breakthrough business performance, today announced a successful Dialogues on the Future of Leadership: Bridging the Divide event on February 26. The one-day workshop was held at Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, California and included executives from across entertainment, gaming, healthcare, and technology sectors – as well as a cross-section of general managers, human resources executives, diversity, equity and inclusion specialists, and thought leaders from the local community.

The event featured world renowned speaker Byron Katie, who addressed the dynamics and challenges of leading in today’s environment by guiding delegates through a powerful inquiry process designed to strengthen one’s clarity and connection in the midst of even the most divisive situations. Through authentic dialogues and an introspective approach, Katie provided attendees with tools, practices, and an awareness of how to create meaningful change from the inside out.

“This was a timely event, especially for those of us working in Hollywood, where so many industry veterans are struggling with how best to navigate unprecedented levels of disruption,” said Emma Whittard, former Vice President, Global Publishing and Business Development, Warner Bros. “Katie’s powerful method of ‘inquiry’ empowers us to extend our leadership impact by challenging our own beliefs and assumptions – in essence, approaching seemingly insurmountable issues by examining ourselves first.”

The event was opened by educator and TED speaker, Eldra Jackson,who spoke vulnerably about hitting rock bottom during his 24 years in the California state prison system, and the steps he took to confront his belief system of “toxic masculinity.” His journey of self-awareness and transformation not only led to being granted freedom from a life sentence; his life’s work now includes actively supporting others – both within and outside of prison – in overcoming their limiting beliefs.

“Eldra’s heartfelt testimony bore witness to the fact that if barriers can be broken down amongst those considered to be the most dangerous segment of our society, then we can all be held to a higher standard,” says Monica Chi, Partner, The Trium Group. “The need for business leaders, in particular, to have a toolkit for developing their maturity has never been greater.”

“These two speakers addressed the path to radically inclusive leadership in a profound and authentic way,” says Andrew Blum, CEO and Managing Partner, The Trium Group. “In today’s climate, with the media shining a spotlight on cultural behavior and scandals, large organizations are dealing with demands for greater transparency and accountability like never before. This workshop provided leaders with an approach to question what they are experiencing and believing in even their most challenging moments, and equipped them to become more clear, empathetic and effective in their leadership.”

To learn more about this event or other areas impacting human performance and leadership development, contact Trium.

About Trium 
The Trium Group is in the breakthroughs business. Founded in 1998, Trium is a leading management consulting firm that seeks to understand and address the human dynamics that impact performance at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Trium has provided consulting and coaching to leadership teams at some of the world’s most recognized companies, including Dropbox, Genentech, Cisco, Sephora, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Activision Blizzard, and more.With a mission of changing the world by changing the way business leaders think, Trium works side-by-side with clients to enable them to succeed in the white space of opportunity.

Posted in: Business,Education Discusses The Importance of E-A-T to Search Engine Optimization, a provider of SEO hosting, domain registration, and SSL services, today issued a statement about the importance of a website’s E-A-T score in 2019.

First introduced as a concept by Google itself, E-A-T stands for Expertise, Authority, and Trustworthiness.

Expertise measures the level of skill a website and its creators have in their field and is critical for B2B organizations and businesses working in industries like medicine or finance. Authority is tied to credentials and reviews, both of which serve to validate expertise. Finally, Trustworthiness is based on the website’s hosting platform, as well as factors like SSL certificates or the presence of HTTPS.

“By Google’s own admission, the E-A-T score is one of the top factors it considers when measuring a website’s value,” explains Terry Cane, COO at “It ties back into the search engine’s concerted push towards high-quality content in lieu of technical, on-page elements like keywords. Well-written pages and long-form copy with a clear focus tend to perform very well in terms of establishing one’s expertise, but authority and trustworthiness are a little more difficult to build.”

Cane advises working hard to seek out and promote positive, verified reviews, and to engage in outreach with influencers through channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The more relevant, high-quality links, shares, and interactions a website receives, the likelier Google is to take notice and flag it as authoritative. In regards to Trustworthiness, Cane says that it’s more of an attitude than anything.

“Trust seals like an SSL certificate or a Better Business Bureau badge are a good way of establishing surface-level trust,” continues Cane. “But an organization’s best bet is to always err on the side of both privacy and authenticity. Adherence to regulations like the GDPR and a customer-first attitude are both excellent ways to inspire loyalty, and I’ve no doubt they may eventually play into a website’s trustworthiness - if they do not already.”

Cane went on to assert that is dedicated to helping its clientele with every aspect of search engine optimization, including their E-A-T score. 

Posted in: Business,Education,Services

Title Alliance Appoints Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer

Title Alliance, Ltd, a RESPA-compliant ESOP leader in joint ventured title insurance agencies, announced today it has appointed Sharon Lontoc as Chief Human Resources Officer. This announcement comes after the appointment of Maria Deligiorgis as General Counsel and Compliance Officer.

A graduate of Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University, Lontoc’s career in Human resources began as a graduate school co-op student working in the Labor Relations Department as a Labor Relations Officer for a transportation corporation. She has since served as Manager of Strategic Staffing and Employee Relations where she led the improvement of business performance, organizational processes, and staff relationships through execution of strategic initiatives and key tactical program development. Throughout her career, Lontoc has held positions including Vice President of Employee Relations and Director of Human Resources for a top financial services firm. She has been responsible for areas of the business including talent management, employee relations, succession planning, compensation, business strategy and organizational design. She also has extensive experience with human capital functions including development, implementations and refinement of strategic and operational strategies focused on alignment with the overall business strategy. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Lontoc will be responsible for developing and executing the human resource strategy and innovative operating models in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the Title Alliance.

“Sharon is a strategic addition to our team,” says Jim Campbell, Chief Executive Officer of Title Alliance. He continues, “With her extensive background and knowledge of the human resources industry coupled with her business oriented mindset, I am confident that she will help to enhance our workforce and to develop our HR department.” He concludes, “Sharon’s passion and the energy that she will bring to our team will allow us to continue to expand our footprint.”

Lontoc will focus specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, benefits and compensation, and overall employee relations.

“I am excited to be joining such a dynamic industry leader like Title Alliance as Chief Human Resources Officer,” says Lontoc. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help create Human Resources strategies that exceed client expectations, engage people, enable exceptional performance and support an inclusive corporate culture that will further enhance Title Alliance’s reputation as not only the leader in the Title Insurance industry but as the employer of choice as well.”

Lontoc can be reached at

About Title Alliance: 
Title Alliance, Ltd, an ESOP Company is located in Media, PA and has been creating RESPA compliant title joint ventures since 1983 with lenders, mortgage bankers, realtors, builders and credit unions. Their roots date back to 1948 when their first agency, which is still in existence today, was formed. For more information or to find out how a Title Alliance's partnership or title management skills could benefit you visit them online or contact Lindsay Smith at 800-220-3901 x 165.

Posted in: Business,Education

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud and Lawn Recommend a Later Start to the Lawn Care Season After the Wettest Winter on Record

The Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the lawn treatment season because the 2018-2019 winter was the wettest on record. A later start will yield better results for homeowners’ lawns and Giroud Tree and Lawn shares the reasons why it’s better to delay a lawn care treatment program.

The birds are chirping and the days are longer, which can only mean one thing- Spring is in the air! Homeowners are looking forward to enjoying time outside in the sunshine, and many may be eager to start a Lawn Care Program. However, the Lawn Care Experts at Giroud Tree and Lawn have been carefully planning the official start of the season, because this year a later start will yield better results after the wet winter.

Winter weather can affect how a lawn fares in spring and summer, but carefully timing lawn care treatments can be the deciding factor between a lush, green carpet of grass and one riddled with problems all season long. Fertilizer and weed control are only effective if applied at the optimal time.

“We have to time it just right,” explains Tom McMonagle, Giroud Lawn Care Technician. “It’s a domino effect, and if we start too early, all the other treatments will be too early as well. That’s why we start on the weather, not based on the time of year.”

There’s a Chill in the Ground

The Philadelphia area has been enjoying the spring-like temperatures this week, but it’s important to know that air temperature is different than soil temperature. It takes a lot more energy for the soil to warm up, and the soil needs to be at optimal temperature to get the best results from the fertilizer treatments. Crabgrass Pre-emergent Control needs to be applied just as the Crabgrass is beginning to germinate, which won’t happen until the soil temperature is 55 degrees or above for at least 3 days in a row.

Soaked Soil

It was a very wet winter! Homeowners may notice that the ground is almost spongy when and there are pools of water on many properties. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “From December 2018 through February 2019, the total U.S. winter precipitation was 9.01 inches that was 2.22 inches above average. That made it the wettest winter on record beating the winter of 1997-1998.”

Giroud Lawn Care Technicians have been carefully monitoring soil conditions for 3 important reasons:

1.    An Even, Uniform Application- excess water will dilute the product, causing some sections get too much and others not enough.

2.    Maintaining the Product’s Strength and Effectiveness- wet conditions like these can dilute crabgrass controls and weaken the protective barrier.

3.    Preventing Lawn Damage: If the ground is soft and still absorbing all that water, driving heavy equipment onto the grass will only damage the lawn! In some cases, the ground is still so soaked that even walking on it could leave divots and dents.

Here are a few things homeowners can do now to get the lawn ready for a great season:

1.    Give the property a Spring Cleanup! Clear brush, rake up leaves, and pick up anything that may block the early spring sun from shining down on those little grass sprouts.

2.    Have the soil’s pH level checked. A balanced soil acidity will only strengthen the effectiveness of a lawn care program!

3.    Schedule a Lawn Evaluation with a PA Certified Lawn Care Technician! A lawn expert will analyze the growing environment, the current condition of the lawn, and check for any emerging issues.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn 
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at or call 215-682-7704.

Posted in: Business,Education,Home & Garden

PAINWeekEnd in Denver, Colorado, Offers CE/CME Education on Frontline Pain Management in the Shadow of the Opioid Crisis

PAINWeekEnd on March 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver Tech Center, 7801 E Orchard Rd, in Greenwood Village, Colorado, will be a timely and relevant program providing busy clinicians and allied healthcare practitioners with 6.0 hours of practical instruction in the management of chronic pain.

On January 1, 2019, a regulation implementing House Bill 18-1007 went into effect in Colorado that expands access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorder, part of the state’s effort to go beyond prescribing limitations in its response to the crisis of opioid misuse. It requires individual and group health plans to provide a 5-day supply of at least one FDA-approved drug for MAT without prior authorization for the first request in a 12-month period, to respond with a coverage determination within 24 hours, and to expedite the appeals process for patients who are denied. Senior faculty member Jennifer Bolen, JD, is the founder of The Legal Side of Pain, Knoxville, Tennessee. She observed, “As payor policies for treatment continue to evolve, it is important that providers take steps to stay current on the legal and regulatory environment that may affect their practice and their patients. To that end, I look forward to helping PAINWeekEnd attendees understand medical necessity for substance abuse treatment, drug testing, and prescribing controlled medications.” Attorney Bolen will present 2 courses at PAINWeekEnd Denver, Get Your Specimens in Order: Timely Use of Test Results, and Embrace Changes and Prevent Overdose: A Basic Blueprint for Legal Risk Mitigation and Response.

Other courses will include Rational Polypharmacy: An Update for Specific Conditions; Involuntary Tapers: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Concerns; Lost in Translation: Making Sense of Clinical Treatment Guidelines; and Cannabis vs Cannabinoids: The Politics of Medical Marijuana.

Commercially supported activities—addressing a range of product, disease state, and medical information topics—will also be presented.

For more information about this or other regional conferences, and to register for 9, go to the PAINWeekEnd website. BONUS: PAINWeekEnd registrants may register for the 2019 PAINWeek National Conference, September 3-7, in Las Vegas, for 0 off the regular online published price.

PAINWeekEnd is provided by Global Education Group. About Global Education Group:

Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs Announces 2018-19 Scholarship Recipients

For the second consecutive year, Reminder Services, Inc. - a provider of automated communications for the healthcare industry - has awarded ,000 in scholarships to physical therapy students who exhibit academic excellence and a strong sense of personal commitment continue their education.

Established in September 2017, the Physical Therapy Scholarship provides financial assistance to college sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students enrolled in an accredited physical therapy program for the 2018-19 academic year with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The winners of the 2018-19 Physical Therapy Scholarship are: 

  • Diego Galaviz, California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • Kevin Le, Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College
  • Savannah McMillen, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Carl Meyer, Marquette University
  • Jennifer Thomas, Campbell University

“I hope to be a teacher not only in the clinic, but someday also to future physical therapists. There are few things more important than passing a passion for service to others, particularly the future generations. I also want to contribute to or perhaps found a non-profit physical therapy service that is able to narrow the healthcare disparity I see every day,” said Meyer, a first-year graduate student.

International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent scholarship management company, hosts the online application process, selects recipients and disburses awards for the program. Learn more at

About Reminder Services, Inc. 
Reminder Services, Inc. is a Silicon-Valley based company that provides automated appointment reminders. The system lets therapists send appointment reminder calls, reminder text messages and reminder emails to patients. We work with an impressive list of Physical Therapy EHRs, EMRs, and scheduling software products. Therapists can customize everything, from voices and languages to delivery dates, times and frequencies. We help adhere to FCC, TCPA, CANSPAM, HIPAA and CASL guidelines.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Congratulates Shivaji College Faculty

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”

The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to:

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

Columbus Ohio Entrepreneur Opens First Advanced Esthetics School in Midwest

Columbus-based spa owner and beauty expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, announced today that she is opening the first advanced esthetics school in the Midwest in March of 2019. Skin Perfect University is located at 725 Buckles Court, Gahanna, Ohio, 43230, by John Glenn Airport. It is poised to pick up where beauty schools leave off by offering a roster of advanced classes for accredited estheticians including makeup techniques, permanent makeup, chemical peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, nutrition for skincare, microcurrent, nanocurrent, cryotherapy, ultrasound, radio frequency, color analysis, and much more. Estheticians can earn CEUs by attending classes at Skin Perfect University or take classes to advance their knowledge.

“There are 160 beauty schools in Ohio and none of them offer this kind of advanced training,” said Peresetsky. “In speaking with many of these schools, I have learned how much this kind of education is missing from our industry. I’m thrilled to see how excited they are to have this advanced training available for their graduates right here in Ohio. It makes it easier to keep and grow great talent right here in the midwest.”

The school occupies 3200 square feet and is designed to give students the advanced education they need to succeed and the spa experience that allows them to learn the culture and experience of a professional clinical spa. The space includes: 

  •     five treatment rooms
  •     a large theory room
  •     a large clinical training room
  •     a makeup and color studio
  •     a skin analysis room
  •     a concierge and reception space

Skin Perfect University will employ seven staff including esthetics instructors and ColoreMe Perfect Color Analysis Consultants. Peresetsky also owns Skin Perfect Image Wellness Spa and is the creator of the ColoreMe Perfect Color analysis process and cosmetics line, as well as the Skin Perfect skin care line.

“My passion has always been educating clients and estheticians about skin care, color analysis, and beauty,” said Peresetsky. “After speaking at beauty conferences across the United States for the last several years, I understand what education estheticians need to further their careers, and I’m thrilled to be able to help advance the professionalism of our industry by offering it.”

The grand opening party on March 22 will host licensed estheticians and spa owners who will hear from Jaclyn about the school, receive a facility tour, experience product and service demonstrations, and leave with a goodie bag. International industry publications including Skin, Inc. Magazine, Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa Magazine, and Dermascope Magazine will also be in attendance.

For more information, please visit

About Skin Perfect University

Skin Perfect University (SPU), located in Columbus, Ohio, was created by Jaclyn Peresetsky for the estheticians, cosmetologists, nurses, skin care specialists, spa and salon owners who want advanced training in esthetics, skin care, and makeup. Clinical and medical esthetics are career specialties that demand for a higher level of knowledge than just basic esthetics. SPU education is designed for an interactive, hands-on learning experience for licensed professionals who are passionate about achieving results and wellness in skincare.

About Jaclyn Peresetsky

Master esthetician, author, speaker, and noted color expert, Jaclyn Peresetsky, is the founder of Skin Perfect University, Skin Perfect Spas, ColoreMe Perfect Cosmetics and Analysis, and Skin Perfect Skin Care. You can usually find Jaclyn at one of her three Skin Perfect Spa locations, traveling to train spas on her cosmetics and skin care lines, speaking at an industry conference, or sharing beauty tips on television.

Posted in: Education,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs

Moddern Marketing Named Top 100 Healthcare Agency in North America by MM&M

Moddern Marketing (Moddern), an award-winning independently-owned integrated marketing agency, has been honored as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America by Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M), one of the nation's leading business publications serving the executive healthcare market.

Moddern has had a sustained run of growth in the healthcare sector since 2013, when it won its first health supplement client. Since then, the agency has added numerous national healthcare and health-related client business in medical devices, infant nutrition, advanced wound care, nerve stimulation, menopause relief, and marketing for orthopedic device distribution. moddern is especially well-versed in the spine sector and has a specialty in marketing ambulatory surgical centers. This is the first time the agency has been honored by MM&M with the Top 100 Healthcare Agencies in North America award.

“It's a real honor for moddern to be named a Healthcare Agency of the year by MM&M. While we’ve been focused on our client business, it’s very rewarding to be recognized in this way for what we’ve accomplished on their behalf,” said Mark Kolier, co-founder and Managing Director of moddern.“From the beginning, we’ve been working diligently to tell the client story in a practical way, and to deliver observable results. It’s exciting for our team to be recognized in this way for the work we do every day.”

MM&M was first published in 1966 as Medical Marketing & Media, and today produces an essential mix of online breaking news and analysis combined with monthly print features. The content is designed for an executive audience of leaders and thinkers who work in pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, and greater healthcare marketing. Every year, the magazine produces several lists, conferences and events, and compiles an annual Agency Issue that features profiles of the top 100 healthcare marketing agencies in North America. It also runs the industry’s premier awards program, the MM&M awards, which celebrate creativity and effectiveness in healthcare marketing. Its parent company is Haymarket Media.

Moddern Marketing is an integrated marketing services agency based in New York City. With roots in direct marketing, the agency is focused on delivering strategy, creative, and media services in both online and offline environments with a watchful eye on effectiveness and driving measurable results. While moddern has clients in a variety of sectors, it began focusing on healthcare in 2013, and has since recruited against that discipline, while growing its client roster.

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Dr. Pradeep Ganguly announces 2018-19 Scholarships

Baltimore, Maryland. February 7, 2019. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, announced the winners of the 2018-19 MKK-USA scholarships:

1. Raghav Sharma, BA (Honors), 1st year
2. Shivani Badola, B.A Honors, 3rd Year
3. Vaishali Suchdeva, B.A. Honors, 3rd Year

All are students at Shivaji College, University of Delhi.

Dr. Ganguly founded MKK-USA in 1998 as a non-profit organization. The mission of MKK-USA is to provide educational support and humanitarian aid to needy and bright students – both in India and in the Washington, DC region. This non-profit organization also provides humanitarian aid.

Since its inception, MKK-USA has provided scholarships to students in New Delhi and Malda, India, as well as local students at Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Largo High School, Flowers High School. Other recipients of MKK-USA donations include the Children’s Inn at NIH, The National Geographic Afghan Girls Fund and ASHA for Education, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Rockville, and Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax, Virginia.

MKK stands for Manav Kalyan Kendra and translates to Center for Human Welfare. The primary goal of the organization is to provide quality educational support to deserving students through scholarships. They also provide economic support to educational programs in designated intermediate, vocational and higher education institutions in India, especially in New Delhi. The organization also has a good record of supporting humanitarian efforts and educational programs across the world.

MKK is also involved in medical and environmental clean-up efforts in the slums of New Delhi, India and has been instrumental in spreading the message of cleanliness and health among those who live in slums and shanties in this region.

MKK organizes high quality cultural events at regular intervals to help raise funds for their scholarship programs.

According to the spokesperson, they want to make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time. “We help needy children get quality education so that the can become self-supporting and independent. We also provide humanitarian aid in emergencies.”

In September 2018, Dr. Ganguly organized “Nrityanjali” – a dance program – in partnership with the KONARK Dance School.

Press contact: S. K. Yadav, 703-450-4291

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Your Surgeon Trained Themself with YouTube -- If You're Lucky

The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Technology Management Program (TMP) – an academic department offering Ph.D., Master’s, and Certificates in Technology Management -- announced today newly-available insights into research conducted by TMP Associate Professor Matt Beane. Based on a three-and-a-half-year research study conducted while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a faculty member at UCSB, Beane’s findings show that current deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), or intelligent machines, is not only inhibiting critical on-the-job learning but potentially creating obstacles to AI-driven productivity gains. In rare cases, according to Beane, workers are creating so-called “deviant” means to acquire the capabilities they need – a phenomenon he has defined as “Shadow Learning.” Beane presents his work in a newly released TED Talkavailable on the homepage on Monday, February 4, 2019. Matt will also expand and update his findings along with potential solutions in an upcoming Harvard Business Review, available in mid-2019.

It has been estimated that between one-half to one billion workers will be required to adapt to artificial intelligence – the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” -- in their daily work by 2030 (McKinsey Global Institute). While this -- and much of the volume of research conducted to date -- has focused primarily on the potential efficiencies and growth afforded by AI (along with associated worker displacement), relatively little has been published on issues related to how workers are adapting to these technologies. In his research, “Shadow Learning: Building Robotic Surgical Skill When Approved Means Fail,” published in Administrative Science Quarterly in 2018, Beane finds that in our quest for AI-driven productivity, we are compromising critical, presupposed pathways for learning on the job. Given that most of us learn to perform our work on the job – not in formal training – this new status quo threatens workers’ ability to learn new skills and adapt to challenges presented by increasingly intelligent machines.

“Intelligent machines offer unprecedented efficiency and quality improvements. And while many of us may lose or gain jobs as a result, many, many more of us will have to adapt to these technologies in the jobs we have,” said Beane. “Unfortunately, we’ve been redesigning work to take advantage of these technologies far faster than we’ve been redesigning learning and development. Ironically, these intelligent machines are at the center of the trouble. We’re currently deploying AI in ways that are actually preventing workers from learning by doing – the most common and effective process for getting the new skills to adapt to these new technologies.”

During “TED Salon: The Next Wave,” a condensed version of a TED flagship conference featuring talks focused on the opportunities, tools, and pitfalls of AI, Matt Beane draws from the research he began while a graduate student at MIT. In those years and until today, he has done extensive field research on work involving robots to help us understand the implications of intelligent machines for the broader world of work. Any one of Beane’s projects include many hundreds of hours - sometimes years - watching, interviewing and often working side by side with people trying to work with robots to get their jobs done. Matt has completed projects on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work. His study of robotic surgery covered residency programs at 18 of the top teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

In that study, he found that robots were used in a way that blocked a trainee’s ability to learn on the job and distanced them from a mentor or expert. In traditional or open surgery, the surgeon relied on the resident (or surgical trainee) to participate in the procedure. As a result, residents learned by doing, as they have historically. During robotic surgery, Beane observed something different. “Rather than having their hands in the work, residents and assistants watched the procedure on television. Their on-the-job learning was sacrificed for the sake of efficiency and safety,” said Beane.

The practice residents received during robotic surgery was also lower-quality because of what Beane called helicopter teaching – or giving frequent and very public feedback to residents and intermittently taking control of the robot away from them. To counter this lower-quality learning experience, Beane found a very few residents went to extreme measures, deviating from prescribed training and engaging in what Beane has called “Shadow Learning.” Residents focused on robotic surgery in medical school at the expense of generalist training, engaged in extensive practice on simulators, watched procedures on YouTube and performed robotic surgery with limited expert supervision.

“Surgeons are graduating without sufficient generalist knowledge or utilizing robotic tools due to a lack of experience and mentorship,” said Beane. One of his informants, a Chief of Urology, said this plainly: “They [new surgeons] trained in top programs that teach robotic surgery. And they suck now. I mean these guys can’t do it. They haven’t had any experience doing it. They've watched it happen. Watching a movie doesn’t make you an actor.”

In the last year, Beane has compared his findings with dozens of researchers who have examined the implications of increasingly intelligent machines in other industries such as investment banking and law enforcement. Their data showed evidence of Beane’s findings. The expanded picture and proposed solutions will be published in an upcoming edition of Harvard Business Review (expected in mid-2019).

Beane believes there is an opportunity to alleviate the learning and training problem associated with intelligent machines. He suggests they can be part of the solution: these technologies can coach learners when they are struggling; guide experts on their mentorship, and connect these two groups in smart ways. He notes that some are working on systems like these, but that they are focused on formal training, while the deeper crisis is in on-the-job learning. Making progress on these issues is both critical and daunting, he says: “On-the-job learning is essential for millions of people in countless industries, so hopefully we’ll see more attention in this direction soon. We have to do better – much better – than the status quo.”

About Matt Beane

Matt Beane is an Associate Professor in the Technology Management Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Research Affiliate with MIT's Institute for the Digital Economy. Matt studies deviance in work involving machine intelligence - and specifically robotics. He asks questions like "How do workers, organizations and even AI engage in deviance, and what happens when they do?" Matt has done extensive field research on robotic surgery, robotic materials transport, and robotic telepresence in healthcare, elder care, and knowledge work.

Matt received his Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Information Technologies department. His research on robotic surgery was published in 2018 in Administrative Science Quarterly; his work on robotic telepresence was published in 2014 in Organization Science. Matt was selected in 2012 as a Human-Robot Interaction Pioneer and is a regular contributor to popular outlets such as Wired, MIT’s Technology Review, TechCrunch, Forbes, and Robohub. Matt also took a two-year hiatus from his doctoral studies to help found and fund Humatics, an MIT-connected, full-stack IoT startup.

About Technology Management Program at UCSB

The Technology Management Program (TMP) at UCSB prepares emerging and experienced professionals with the management skills necessary to lead established or start-up business initiatives within fast-paced, rapidly changing, technology-based enterprises. An academic department that combines a curriculum of theory, practice, and mentorship at the intersection of technology, business, and social science, TMP offers a Ph.D. in Technology Management, a professional Master’s of Technology Management, as well as UC-recognized certificates to current undergraduate and graduate students. Doctoral students study and conduct research along with leading scholars in organizational theory, organizational behavior, technology studies, and strategy. Curriculum for professional master's students is designed to train future technology and business leaders, with a focus on providing students with the knowledge and experience to perform effectively in, and give leadership to, global technology teams. Within the certificate programs, TMP offers driven, innovative, and entrepreneurial students an in-depth understanding of business principles and professional skills vital to their success after graduation. TMP’s annual New Venture Competition (NVC) exposes students to product ideation, team formation, business model development, market validation, and the art of presentation. The new Wilcox Venture Incubator allows students to further develop new business ventures while working alongside mentors, IP and legal experts, and faculty -- preparing them for successful careers as business leaders and entrepreneurs. For more information about TMP, go to

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, then made available, free, on and other channels.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

Follow TED on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

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The NAPCP Will Hold a Two-Day Commercial Card Workshop in London To Address How to Administer and Manage a Commercial Card Programme

The NAPCP will hold a two-day educational workshop, “Commercial Card Programme Management: Beyond the Basics,” on 12-13 June 2019, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NWI 4NS. It is open to both industry end-users and providers.

The workshop is geared towards programme managers interested in programme improvements and industry knowledge. A quick review of the basics brings beginners up to speed. The balance of the workshop goes in to depth, related to programme practices and procedures. During the workshop, you will participate in an interactive presentation and open discussion around program challenges and successes. The workshop will be led by Heather Miller, CPCP, MBA, NAPCP Community Engagement Manager.

Many individuals can benefit from a comprehensive understanding of Commercial Cards. This workshop is appropriate for professionals from end-user and provider organisations who are: 

  • programme managers/administrators familiar with the mechanics and benefits of Commercial Cards, but are seeking to broaden their understanding of P-Card and/or Travel Card programme management
  • individuals tasked with exploring/implementing Commercial Card programme(s) for their organisation
  • managers, directors, vice presidents, etc., whose business lines include the P-Card or Travel Card programme; therefore, core knowledge is a must for supporting the organisation’s overall payments strategy
  • new relationship/account managers who provide support to end-user clients

The NAPCP is a global professional association that has been advancing the Commercial Card and Payment industry, which includes Purchasing Cards, Travel Cards, ePayables and more, since 1999. The organisation provides support for industry professionals who are enhancing Commercial Card and Payment programmes, developing policies and procedures, and seeking new products and technological advancements to create efficiencies.

The organisation's website is a robust online repository of educational materials and networking tools, containing thousands of pages of: 

  • White papers
  • Case studies
  • Sample documents and implementation guides
  • Recorded webinars
  • Surveys and polls
  • eNetworking

The NAPCP’s rich content, dedicated EMEA web portal, events, and virtual educational opportunities highlight the industry’s latest advancements, and help users build strong policies and procedures, meet regulatory requirements and achieve management buy-in.

The NAPCP also seeks speakers and hosts for future events in the EMEA region. Review the organisation's year-round end-user speaking opportunities and submit a proposal today.

To access the content and tools on the NAPCP's website, simply become a complimentary subscriber.

About the NAPCP 
The NAPCP is a membership-based professional association committed to advancing Commercial Card and Payment professionals and industry practices worldwide. Serving a community of more than 20,000, the NAPCP is a respected voice in the industry and an impartial resource for members at all experience levels in the public and private sectors. The NAPCP provides unmatched opportunities for continuing education and peer networking through its conferences, Regional Forums, webinars, website, virtual demonstrations, newsletters and regular communication. The association sponsors research and publishes timely and relevant white papers, survey results and other documents. The NAPCP also offers a (Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) credential.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs

National Social Security Advisor Certificate Education Set for 6 U.S. Cities

Premier Social Security Consulting will host its National Social Security Advisor (NSSA®) certificate education in six cities this year while expanding its webinar and on-demand courses for busy professional advisors nationwide.

Marc Kiner, partner at Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the Social Security education program, said professional advisors are busier than ever, but want the comprehensive NSSA program.

“We’ve found that advisors, like the rest of us, are pressed for time,” said Kiner. “An increasing number of advisors are choosing the all-day webinar option. We have the same content and the same interaction ability as a live program, but advisors can take the course in the privacy of their company conference room or the comfort of their home offices.”

NSSA is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program, with accreditation provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C.

The NSSA Advisor certificate is awarded to professional advisors who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment. The National Social Security Association has certified more than 1,700 advisors since the program began in 2013.

Full, all-day NSSA programming will be held in Cincinnati on Feb. 5, April 19, June 3 and 19, Aug. 15 and 16, Oct. 22 and Dec. 3; Orlando, Fla. on March 5; San Diego on March 28; Chicago on June 27; Cleveland on July 16; and New York on Sept. 23. Live Classes run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Webinars will be held on: Jan. 23; Feb. 14; March 12; April 5; May 3; June 18; July 23; Aug. 20; Oct. 17; Dec. 11; Dec. 27.

Cost for the live class is 5, with web-based and on-demand video classes at 5. Premier also offers private, on-site classes for organizations that need to provide in-house Social Security training to multiple professional advisors.

Eight continuing education credits are available for certified financial planners, certified public accountants, and insurance agents nationwide for live classes. Education credits will be also available for on-demand and web-based education in 2019.

Premier provides ongoing gold standard Social Security education support after an NSSA education course is completed, said Kiner. Support includes monthly webinars; marketing videos; and a PowerPoint presentation.

“Baby boomers turn 65 years old at the rate of 10,000 a day, yet the majority of boomers know little about how to maximize their Social Security income,” said Kiner. “That’s why we developed the NSSA certificate program—to help advisors teach clients everything they need to know about Social Security but didn’t know they had to ask.”

Premier is finding that more financial advisors are basing their practices on the needs of baby boomers, said Jim Blair, Premier partner and a Social Security expert. The Social Security topic, he added, has become an excellent lead generation tool.

“Since retirements today can last up to 30 years, Social Security income has become increasingly more important to help retirees not outlive their money,” said Blair. “We find that NSSA advisors are better educated about Social Security and equipped to help their clients make wise decisions about claiming Social Security.”

About 75 million Americans today are classified as baby boomers.

A married couple can leave as much as 0,000 on the table in Social Security benefits by not accessing the program correctly based on their ages, health and life expectancy and not coordinating spousal benefits, said Kiner.

For more information about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program, visit or or call Kiner at (513) 247-0526.

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About Premier Social Security Consulting: 
Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC in Cincinnati educates professional advisors nationwide on the nation’s Social Security program so they can counsel their clients on how to maximize lifetime Social Security income. Partners Marc Kiner and Jim Blair teach the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certification program.

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Trident University Professor, Military Veteran Assists in Recovery Operation

After three vacationers went missing in Arizona, Trident University International (Trident) professor Dr. David Alegre was called upon to take part in a ground search and rescue assistance operation.

On November 17th, three people drove into the Hualapai Peak area, near Kingman, AZ, and did not return. After an initial search, the Mohave County Sherriff Office (MCSO) requested assistance from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP).

In response, the Arizona Wing headquarters, ground teams, and three squadrons joined the operation. Dr. Alegre, a volunteer CAP mission scanner and aerial photographer, was part of the CAP Prescott Squadron 206 crew that located the vacationing party’s vehicle on November 20th in a canyon near Hualapai Peak.

The vehicle, which was unfortunately wrecked, was searched by MCSO recovery teams. This allowed authorities to afford the proper closure and recovery assistance to concerned family members.

The three aircrew members, including Dr. Alegre, were awarded the CAP Find Ribbon (Distress). This Emergency Services Ribbon is awarded to CAP members for who locate a subject on a search and rescue mission.

“I am honored to have Dr. Alegre as part of our cadre of talented homeland security professors,” remarked Dr. Rudolph Bustos, Department Chair, Homeland Security. “His background and exemplary conduct contribute to our mission of adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence.”

Dr. Alegre instructs in Trident’s College of Health and Human Services, teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security program. He joined Trident in 2013 and is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, with experience in weapons of mass destruction protection planning and hazardous materials management.

About Trident University 
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance the lives and careers of students. Trident offers high-quality associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has over 27,000 alumni, including more than 22,000 with a military affiliation. The University has received multiple acknowledgements from Military Times and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to military-affiliated students. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident's wide range of educational options.

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Aladtec Exhibiting at Expansive WEMSA Milwaukee Conference

Aladtec, a Wisconsin-based provider of cloud-based scheduling and workforce management software, will be among at least 100 exhibitors showcasing products and services to EMS professionals attending Wisconsin EMS Association's "Working Together" conference and expo, Jan. 16-20 at the Wisconsin Center.

Nearly 900 EMS agencies nationwide use Aladtec to provide 24/7 staffing coverage and swiftly fill open shifts. The platform enables members to trade shifts, request time off, and log OT hours after the fact from a smartphone or other device. The program also includes a sophisticated form tool to speed up daily routines like rig- and med checks.

Aladtec's cloud-based scheduling and workforce management software is used by more than 2,150 agencies across North America, including 138 EMS and fire departments in Wisconsin.

“Before using Aladtec, I spent a lot of time dealing with trade requests from members. Now they take care of their own trades. It's also very easy to check the schedule from anywhere,” said Dale Dow, deputy chief with Fitch Rona Fire & EMS, which serves the Dane County (WI) communities of Fitchburg and Verona. “We'll never go back to paper scheduling."

Watch a short video about how Aladtec's Forms tool can streamline inspection routines here.

Account executive Joe Ellis, Sales Director Nate Davis, and Support Specialist Jake Tormoen will offer free demonstrations of the software and answer user questions about features, such as the new capability to attach and upload files within the Forms area.

Aladtec staff will be at Booth #1020. Expo hours will be from 5-7 pm, Thursday; 11:15 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:45 to 3:30 pm, Friday; and 11:45 am to 1:45 pm on Saturday. Organizers declare WEMSA's show "the biggest Midwest fire and EMS expo." It's expected to include apparatus, airboats, helicopters, ambulances, safety gear, tools, and EMS and firefighting products.

The WEMSA gathering offers EMTs, paramedics and agency leaders several days of continuing education sessions across the tracks of ALS, BLS, critical care, educator, leadership, management operations, community paramedicine, and special populations.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Ashley Voss-Liebig, Division Chief, Emergency Services, for Travis County (TX) Starflight, and Eric Bauer, COO for FlightBridge ED, LLC. 
Following a stint in public affairs after college, Voss-Liebig served three years in the U.S. Army as a combat medic with the 101st Airborne. Upon discharge, she earned her BSN and worked five years as a critical care nurse before becoming a flight nurse. She joined Travis County Starflight as a flight nurse and rescue specialist in 2015.

Voss-Liebig teaches and lectures around the world on a variety of topics, including provider wellness, team performance, and communication.

See a brief lecture on caregiver response to stress that she delivered to emergency responders in London in 2016.

Bauer has worked in EMS for 26 years, with the last 15 spent in helicopter EMS. He is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator. His firm is based in Scottsville, Kentucky.

Other sessions available to attendees include topics like Sim Jim & The Barf Squad: Suction Science; Pediatric Nightmares and a Pediatric Airway Course; Car-Nage: The Kinematics of Trauma; Firefighter Down FDCPR; and How to Make Data Work for You, Not the Other Way Around.

Attendees will have the chance to participate in a variety of hands-on training experiences including a cadaver lab to teach intubation and EMS officer training.

During the exposition, Aladtec representatives will offer participants guided software system demonstrations. Interested agencies can also sign up for a no-cost 14-day customized demo by visiting

For information about their affordable industry specific options, or to try a free demo, please visit

Posted in: Education

Registration Now Open for R3 Stem Cell Provider Training February 15th-16th in Las Vegas

The Nation’s leading provider of regenerative medicine services, R3 Stem Cell, announced that registration is now open for the next physician stem cell therapy training course February 15th-16th 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The course offers providers all the knowledge and procedure experience needed to successfully treat patients with regenerative therapies. Each provider receives a complimentary stem cell procedure! Call (844) GET-STEM or visit to obtain more information and register.

With over 10,000 successful stem cell procedures having been performed nationwide (and over 50,000 PRP procedures), R3 has been at the forefront of regenerative therapies with over fifteen current protocols, IRB approval, extensive safety record and millions of views on its YouTube channel. R3 works with its Centers of Excellence on sales and marketing efforts, Artifical Intelligence, patient procedures, data acquisition and first rate biologics.

Feedback from the stem cell therapy training course has been remarkably high. Each attendee receives a stem cell procedure along with a facial rejuvenation procedure. Providers are then able to speak with patients more intelligently, having had a procedure done on themselves to relate to.

Said R3 CEO David Greene, MD, MBA, “Attendees tell me that the combination of lectures and hands on experience is extremely valuable, providing confidence when treating patients that the methods being incorporated are effective and safe. We teach aesthetics (facial, hair, ED), musculoskeletal, systemic and intranasal methods so providers will know how to perform the procedures on patients. Having the training in Las Vegas at Green Valley Resort has been exciting as well so attendees can add in some down time too!”

The training course is broken up into one day of didactic sessions, which also include a real time facial rejuvenation procedure, and then the second day at a surgery center where procedures on real patients are performed. There are sessions on biologics, marketing, sales conversion role playing, supplements, image guidance, artificial intelligence and the intranasal technique as well.

Providers have plenty of time to work on their ultrasound imaging techniques and network with the industry leading trainers. Each attendee receives a binder with all the presentations and procedure protocols along with a Completion Certificate.

In addition to February 15th and 16th, 2019, the stem cell therapy training course is offered every two months. R3 Stem Cell offers a Partnership program for providers nationwide to assist with ongoing regenerative campaign efforts with protocols, the IRB inclusion, stem cell marketing and seminars. Visit the website for more information or simply call (844) GET-STEM for additional information!

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine

SubscriberWise CEO Congratulates Newly Elected Florida AG Ashley Moody while Announcing Plans to Brief the Chief Law Officer on Complex Fraud and Racketeering Scams

SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the planning and expectation for company founder and CEO David Howe to inform, educate, and empower Florida’s newly elected Attorney General Ashley Moody on complex civil theft scams exacted against Florida residents and visitors with frequency, ease, and impunity.

Related YouTube Video: Car Rental 'Liability in Waiting' for Renting Public

“First, I’d like to publicly congratulate Ms. Ashley Moody on her election victory in the Sunshine State,” said David Howe, SubscriberWise founder and national child identity guardian. “Becoming Plant City’s highest elected official, as well as the state of Florida’s chief law enforcement officer, is quite an accomplishment and is certainly worthy of praise.

“Second, and most important, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Ms. Moody to a subject that she will undoubtedly become intimately familiar as her official tenure in public office progresses. And that subject is the complex and highly refined ‘ding and dent’ scams perpetrated against unsuspecting and innocent consumers by the under-regulated car rental industry with stunning regularity.

“It’s true,” continued Howe. “According to a representative at the FL AG Office in 2016, complaints from individuals against the car rental industry in the state of Florida are the single largest source of consumer complaints annually. Moreover, according to an investigation from Wink News’ Lindsey Sablan, ‘there's literally hundreds of's truly remarkable’ the reporter noted in 2017 before going public with the following news story:

“Unfortunately, though, bringing an end to the complex money scams will be no easy task -- even for a dedicated and experienced legal professional like Ms. Moody,” Howe continued. “And that’s because the scams are indeed sophisticated and highly refined. So much so, in fact, that a cadre of sophisticated attorneys were able to dupe Lee County Judge Archie B. Hayward Jr. by suppressing an official police investigation -- including sworn witness testimony from the same individual who testified at trial after directing law enforcement to the wrong vehicle -- and directly contrary to Florida's 90.803 statute (Howe, David Edward Plaintiff vs Enterprise Holdings Inc, dba National Car Rental Defendant -- Case No: 18-SC-001768;

“The same can be said about the Lee Port Authority Police where a review of an official police investigation in conjunction with the official trial transcript reveals much more,” Howe added.

“But it’s not all doom and gloom for truth and justice,” Howe emphasized. “Because thanks to Florida’s broad ‘Sunshine Law’ and ‘open government’ Ms. Moody will soon be empowered with what may be the most comprehensive and detailed evidence of criminal fraud and racketeering ever amassed in the United States of America. The mountain of evidence spans a multi-year period and is remarkable in scope with unimpeachable evidence of perjury, state statutory violations, and other due process debacles all contained on Florida official documents taken under-oath and available to all.

Related: Howe Successfully Passes the Baton to USA Federal and State Congressional and Law Enforcement Apparatus, as well as Major Media Outlets, SubscriberWise Announces (AP News) --

“Yes, I’m certainly eager to make a formal introduction with AG Moody and I’m definitely prepared to enlighten her with overwhelming crime evidence. I simply have no doubt that she’ll address this racket with an unwavering conviction consistent with the upcoming oath and duty that she’ll swear in her official state capacity to protect her fellow FL citizens and visitors while enforcing the laws of the great state of Florida,” the child identity guardian concluded.

About SubscriberWise (

The nation’s first Issuing consumer reporting agency (CRA) for the communications industry, SubscriberWise® employs enhanced Subscriber Level Segmentation technology to precisely identify credit challenged subscribers to ultra-high achievers to maximize sales and boost profits. By incorporating years of communications performance data and proprietary decision models, SubscriberWise delivers unprecedented predictive power with a fully compliant, score-driven decision management system. Combined with Red Flag compliance and operator-controlled rules, SubscriberWise analytics empower CSR's to instantly and accurately respond to payment and credit characteristics with appropriate options for every subscriber. With SubscriberWise, no subscriber request is ever denied because of credit risk factors.

SubscriberWise contributions to the communications industry are quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

SubscriberWise is a U.S.A. federally registered trademark of the SubscriberWise Limited Liability Co.

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Online Coaching for PTE-Academic - A New Venture by Aussizz Group, Dubai

Aussizz Group Dubai will now provide online coaching services for PTE-Academic. The news has brought cheer to aspirants who have struggling to get the right guidance for PTE-A.

The PTE-A is an English proficiency test. A good score in PTE-A is essential for those who aspire to study, migrate or settle abroad. 

Aussizz Group is one of the pioneering names in the Immigration & Education Consulting Industry.

The online coaching service will be available in two modes: Group & Personalised. An aspirant can avail any, after making a fair assessment of his/her current English skill level and learning needs. 

The online coaching service is a game-changer. It brings authentic preparation resources to aspirants' computer screens. Independent of their geographical location, they can access quality study materials, expert tutors, question banks, online PTE practice

Coaching for PTE-A will be provided by expert tutors at PTE Tutorials, the PTE education & training division of Aussizz Group. PTE Tutorials also connects with aspirants through its app for PTE preparation.

The development comes almost a year after Aussizz Group inaugurated its new branch in Dubai. The Dubai branch was then the 11th branch in the company's kitty. 

In the last one year, the company has opened eight more branches. 

This speaks volumes about its deep engagement with the community and quality services.

"A common pain-point is that most aspirants can't devote enough time to prepare for PTE-A," said Mr. Dharmendra Patel, Managing Director at Aussizz Group. 

"This is owing to other academic/professional commitments. The online coaching service aims to plug that gap," he said. 

"We have received a great response for the online coaching service in Australia and India. In Dubai too, we are going to deliver the same top-notch quality education and training. Our goal is to ensure that the community in Dubai can be served in the best possible manner," Mr. Patel added. 

About Aussizz Group
Established in 2009, Aussizz Group is one of the most trusted names offering quality immigration and education consultancy services. 

The team at Aussizz Group is accredited with many licenses and certifications including MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority), MIA (Migration Institute of Australia) and QEAC (Qualified Education Agent Counsellor).

Their expertise includes providing customised, tailor-made solutions in student visa, employer-sponsored visa, partner visa, business visa, visitor visa and GSM visa. 

The company also assists with professional year program, IELTS and PTE coaching and accommodation in Australia. 

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Fins Attached Partners with Dr. Peter Klimley for a Biology of Sharks and Rays Program: Course to Take Place on the Expedition Vessel Sharkwater

Fins Attached, Marine Research and Conservation non-profit, is excited to announce a partnership with well-known Marine Biologist, Dr. Peter Klimley, a scientist known lovingly as Dr. Hammerhead. An educational marine biology course on sharks and rays will take place on Fins Attached expedition vessel, the Sharkwater in the Eastern Tropical Pacific in the summer of 2019.

Dr. A. Peter Klimley has studied sharks for over three decades and has written over 60 scientific articles on the behavior and ecology of sharks and rays. The topics of his studies have ranged from the complex social habits and keen navigational abilities of hammerhead sharks to the feeding tactics and communication behavior of white sharks. Dr. Klimley realizes that the partnership with Fins Attached is an ideal way to help students learn about sharks and rays, studying in their natural habitat.

"Although I am now retired from UC Davis, my passion for sharks and marine biology has not waned,” stated Dr. Klimley. “Partnering with Fins Attached is a way for me to continue to contribute to the study and conservation of sharks and rays." During his graduate career, he spent many a day free diving among hammerhead sharks, and placing electronic tags on sharks to follow their movements around a seamount and away into the surrounding depths. Dr. Klimley’s pioneering studies of sharks, which in a sense is a manual on how to study sharks, “Secret Life of Sharks,” is available for purchase on Amazon.

Fins Attached has had a busy year since April 2017, when Fins Attached, acquired and launched the vessel Sharkwater, named after the documentary Sharkwater in honor of friend and award-winning filmmaker, the late Rob Stewart. Since then, the Sharkwater has hosted a few private research expeditions and even hosted the remaining Sharkwater filming crew to finish shooting Sharkwater Extinction. Hosting a college-level course on the Sharkwater vessel is a natural next step for Fins Attached.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Klimley on board with us,” began Dr Alex Antoniou, founder of Fins Attached. “This will help fulfill a key mission for Fins Attached, to educate future marine scientist to ultimately help protect these vulnerable animals."

Another Dr. Klimley book, “Biology of Sharks and Rays,” is also available for purchase on and it is the textbook for the upcoming course. If the public would like to learn more about marine conservation, visit Dr. Klimley will be in attendance at the annual Fins Attached Gala in Denver on February 9, 2019. Donate today and help save ocean wildlife by contributing to the fight against sharks being mercilessly finned. Sharks play a vital role to the health of the marine environment, which ultimately affects all life on earth. To become a sponsor of the course and support marine biology students to enroll, contact info(at)

As Rob Stewart once put it, "Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth and that above all else is worth fighting for."

About Fins Attached 
Fins Attached conducts research, promotes conservation and provides education for the protection of marine ecosystems. Fins Attached believes in the preservation of our world's precious resources and that through the protection of the ocean's apex predators marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth. Fins Attached is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit, or email info(at)

Posted in: Education,Health & Medicine,Non Profit,Pharmaceuticals & Biotech

METAPHYSICAL at the Airliner November 29th!

About Artist : 

METAPHYSICAL  is featured on DJ Don D's the Funky Dope Records IL-Fated "Fire" ep vinyl release. Born in Pasadena and raised in the Central Valley (Goshen, the city of Visalia, Dinuba, the city of Tulare, the city of Reedly and the city of Hanford) of California, METAPHYSICAL a.k.a. Philip Singer, first turned 2 rhyming as a young child. 
Back in the day, METAPHYSICAL was known as "Phil Fresh" An aspiring 19-year old emcee. Phil Fresh gained a following by performing in local talent shows and M.C. battles. Phil Fresh's biggest moment was getting airplay with his single, "Back In Time" on the radio station B95fm in 1990.
 In 1994 a car accident put him in a coma for two weeks. Hospitalized for 6 months he had 2 relearn how 2 walk and talk again. Inspired with another chance @ life, METAPHYSICAL is now a non-fiction storytelling emcee on the lyric. The song RHYME FLOW from the "Fire" ep release is on the Lower Merion Films "Teacher of the Year" movie now on DVD. 
Rude Boy Magazine, an up and coming magazine gives METAPHYSICAL a mention in the November 2014 edition( Combining his words with precisely produced beats 2 form mind-blowing messages with songs, get your minds ready for METAPHYSICAL!
For music, music videos, downloads, artist bio and upcoming show information go to

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Author Ruth Finnegan Chosen As One Of '50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading' In 2017 Book Awards

Author Ruth Finnegan has been chosen as one of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in the 2017 Book Awards. Finnegan was chosen from a field of hundreds of authors through a public voting process. The award is the latest in a string of international awards for her published works.

"I am so thrilled with this," Finnegan stated. "I have had many book awards but this is by far my most precious win because it's not for an individual book but a voted-for endorsement of myself as an all-round author and, yes, dreamer of dreams - an author of full-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short stories and picture books, as well as a screenplay and libretto writer."

Finnegan's previous awards include:

Folklore Society, short list Katharine Briggs Award 1992
British Academy, longlist Book Award 2003
British Association for Applied Limguistics, short list 2003
Herskovits Award, Honorable Mention 2008
National Indie Excellence, Finalist ( visionary fiction) 2016, Finalist (religious fiction) 2017
New York Book Fair, Honorable Mention (romance) 2016
Readers Favorite, 4 Awards (fiction and nonfiction) 2016
Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book, Runner up 2016
Readers Favorite, Honorable Mention
Hungry Monster, Silver award, 2016
Literary Titan, Silver award, 2017
Book Excellence, Winner (friendship) 2017
Kirkus Reviews, one of top 25 of 2017

In addition to a large number of academic works, Finnegan has written three novels.

'Pearl of the Seas' is the tale of two children building a boat from a log they find buried in the sand and sailing off to far-off fantastic lands in a stormy sea-driven adventure with their faithful - but accident-prone - dog Holly. There they learn much wisdom from a king who, like God, has many names'. After an incredible sacrifice of his dearest dream by the boy (now growing up) they return - another dream - to a family tea with their loved ones. The tale is a prequel and companion to Ruth Finnegan's award-winning epic romance 'Black inked pearl', here adapted for preteens but characterised by (in a simpler form) the same unique dream-like and enchanted style as in the original novel.

'Pearl of the Seas' received a Hungry Monster Silver Award in October 2016. The book has received a number of positive reviews. Tshombye K. Ware of Reader's Favorite stated, "If you're looking for a reader friendly story that touches the depths of your soul, this is definitely one of those books."

The companion work, 'Black Inked Pearl', tells the story of a naive Irish girl Kate and her mysterious lover, whom she rejects in panic and then spends her life seeking. After the opening rejection, Kate recalls her Irish upbringing, her convent education, and her coolly-controlled professional success, before her tsunami-like realisation beside an African river of the emotions she had concealed from herself and that she passionately and consumingly loved the man she had rejected.

The novel, born in dreams, is interlaced with the ambiguity between this world and another, and increasingly becomes more poetic, riddling and dreamlike as the story unfolds. The epilogue alludes to the key themes of the novel - the eternity of love and the ambiguity between dream and reality.

Since its publication in 2015 'Black Inked Pearl' has won five international prizes and its screenplay version is top genre winner in the 2017 Capital Fund Screenplay Contest. It was recently named as a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in the "Fiction Visionary" category.

'Black Inked Pearl' has received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Scott Neuffer of Forward Reviews stated, "If James Joyce's dream-like opuses were written from a more feminist perspective, they might look something like Ruth Finnegan's Black Inked Pearl, a rapturous fantasia of words and images set somewhere between ancient myth and the green shores of modern Ireland." Chris Fischer, in a Readers Favorite review stated "I just finished reading 'Black Inked Pearl: A Girl's Quest' by author Ruth Finnegan, and all I can say is 'Wow!' It's written in a unique and creative style, one that at times blends poetry with prose ... enviable and beautiful at the same time ... any reader who enjoys a lovely, unique and interesting work of fiction should absolutely read Black Inked Pearl. I will be eagerly awaiting the next offering by author Ruth Finnegan. If it is anything like her debut novel, it will be simply magical!" Kirkus Reviews said, "Kate's romantic quest calls to mind Paradise Lost and Greek mythology as it weaves together biblical allusions, fantasy, and details of the modern day." Like other classic and unusual literary works, the book has given rise to many interpretations and, as Christiana Fatoki perceptively put it, like its more recent prequel 'Pearl of the Seas,' it "sinks into your unconscious."

'The Helix Pearl' is currently in production and will be released in 2018.

Ruth Finnegan is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at her website at

Ruth Finnegan OBE is a renowned scholar and celebrated writer who is Emeritus Professor, the Open University, a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was recently elected as one of the first four International Fellows of the American Folklore Society, a much valued honor. She was born in Derry (on the last day of December 1933) and grew up there and in the remote countryside of Donegal where, as poetically recalled in the second chapter of her novel, 'Black Inked Pearl', she spent the war years; went to a literature-imbued Quaker school in York where, a fellow-student with the actress Judi Dench, she learned to read the resonant poetry of Yeats and Shakespeare and to repeat texts that, with others, she had to learn, aloud (a good training for the sonic style of her novels); earned top degrees in classics and anthropology at Oxford; and carried out fieldwork on story-telling in Africa - a revelation of the multi-sensory nature of performance that has affected her all her life, and constantly comes through in her writing. From 1969, apart from three years in the South Pacific island of Fiji, she taught and researched at the pioneering Open University. She is the author of over twenty academic books, several of them prize-winning. She has three daughters (two of them born in Nigeria), five grandchildren (one in New Zealand), and now lives in Old Bletchley, England, with her husband of over 50 years.

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Tender Hearts Announces That Admission is Open to All Classes for the Academic Year 2018-2019

Tender Hearts School, the educational institution reputed for its inspirational and vibrant learning environment and advanced teaching systems, has announced that admissions are open for all their branches for the academic year 2018-19. The admission process is simple and can be completed quickly by parents who want to give their kids a head start in academics. “We are happy to announce that admissions to all our courses in the pre-primary and primary sections are now open for the year 2018-19,” says the spokesperson for Tender Hearts School. “We welcome parents to take a tour of the school and the campus so that they can experience our professionalism and efficiency first-hand. Parents can complete the admission process by visiting the nearest branch where our friendly staff will guide them in completing the admission process accurately.”

The admission process is open in all branches at:

• Patliputra Path, Rajendra Nagar

• Dollar House, Rajendra Nagar

• Sadhanapuri

• Ashiana Digha Road

• Govind Mitra Road

Tender Hearts School offers a highly conducive learning environment at all its branches for growing children. The teachers of the academy are regularly trained so that they are well-equipped to provide all the support students need to garner knowledge and become the responsible citizens of tomorrow.

At Tender Hearts, some 5200 students have been trained for success till date across all the five branches in Patna. The Tender Hearts School community comprises over 2000 students, staff members and teachers. Over 15,000 parents have chosen Tender Hearts to empower their children academically.

The philosophy of the founders is to impart knowledge and nurture values that can help develop social-emotional and intellectual skills in every child.The school makes use of proven scientific systems and contemporary techniques to develop the physical and mental abilities of students.

The school has adapted a technology-driven approach and makes use of modern learning support mechanisms to deliver the best learning environment to all their students across all branches. The entire focus of the education methodology at Tender Hearts is to make the students of today mature and responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Parents can visit the nearest branch for more details related to admission. For more information, visit

About Tender Hearts School:

Tender Hearts was launched in 2002 as a preschool. In the year 2013, the school started classes for primary students as well. The teaching methodology at this premier school involves a holistic approach, designed to be future-proof. Even the curriculum has been carefully designed to take care of the present and future needs of children.

Posted in: Education,India

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